2020 Sakura Cherry Blossoms in Japan

From the beautiful sakura trees to hanami picnics and petal-covered shrines,
there's nothing quite like cherry blossom season in Japan!

2020 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast

Plan your trip with this handy cherry blossom forecast

* Dates listed are estimated opening times. The best viewing time is generally 5–7 days after the blossoms open.

  • Sapporo
    Apr 26
  • Aomori
    Apr 14
  • Sendai
    Mar 27
  • Kanazawa
    Mar 24
  • Kyoto
    Mar 20
  • Hiroshima
    Mar 20
  • Fukuoka
    Mar 16
  • Kagoshima
    Mar 29
  • Kochi
    Mar 19
  • Osaka
    Mar 19
  • Nagoya
    Mar 15
  • Tokyo
    Mar 15

Best Sakura Tours in Japan

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Getting Around

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Hanami Tips

  1. Arrive at your location extra early to reserve your spot with a picnic mat
  2. Pack luxuriously prepared food, pick up a bento, or buy snacks from a nearby convenience store
  3. Get in the mood with some cherry blossom-flavored treats – find them in nearby cafes and supermarkets
  4. Don’t be shy – say hi to the friendly locals and join in on the fun!
  5. It can get chilly even in spring, so be sure to bring a blanket or sweater for some extra warmth
  6. Enjoy! While you're having fun, don’t forget to pause, look up, and admire the fleeting beauty of the pink cherry blossoms

Know Your Sakura

  • Somei Yoshino

    The most widespread sakura tree in Japan, it is pink when it starts blossoming, and later turns to white.

  • Yaezakura

    These blossoms have multiple layers, and grow large and fluffy, which makes this particular tree truly gorgeous. It blooms about 1-2 weeks after the somei yoshino.

  • Shidarezakura

    This is a weeping cherry tree with drooping branches. It resembles a gigantic pink willow at its peak, and is a well-loved favorite of many. Shidarezakura is the designated flower of Kyoto prefecture.

  • Shibazakura

    The real name of this flower is moss phlox but it is also known as garden sakura in April-May, when its beautiful pink color covers the outdoor fields. Blooming later than cherry trees, shibazakura is perfect for hanami late in the season.

Don't Miss These Seasonal Sakura Treats!

Sakura Sweets

During the cherry blossom season you can try limited-edition and seasonal sakura sweets. Not only does nature turn pink, but many shops are also decorated in sakura themes. You can try sakura-mochi and other sakura-flavoured Japanese sweets. Be sure to taste them during your spring trip to Japan!