Generally, the cherry blossom trees will bloom in order – they first appear in the warm climate of southern Japan and make their way to the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo, then up to Tohoku in the north, and finally to Hokkaido. Since cherry blossoms typically only stay on the trees for around ten days, or two weeks at most, everyone in Japan checks the cherry blossom forecast in springtime. That way, they can enjoy the cherry blossom season at its peak.
We’ve compiled a list of the forecasts for 2017 and 2018, and added the estimated bloom dates for 2019, so take a look at this beforehand if you plan to spend some time amidst the cherry blossoms this spring.
Please note that it takes a few days until the sakura go into full bloom. Depending on the region and the temperature conditions, it can take from five to ten days. After the full bloom, the cherry blossom will begin to scatter.