Ready to be done with winter? Fantasize about warmer times to come and get ready for the 2022 hanami season with this year’s cherry blossom forecast.

Japan cherry blossom forecast March 2022
Japan 2022 cherry blossom forecast. Last updated March 10, 2022 | Photo by Japan Meteorological Corporation

The Japan archipelago runs on a roughly southwest to northeast axis, therefore the spring warmth — and the cherry blossoms — travel up the country from bottom to top.

Bonus: See our post on Japan’s Number 1 Cherry Blossom spot.

Please remember that this is a forecast! Individual trees, different sub-regions and the weather (wind and rain especially) may affect the flowering times. Also, check regularly because the forecast is updated frequently.

Below is the 2022 sakura forecast for major cities, including the date when the cherry blossoms are expected to be in full bloom. The blossoms are coming out a few days earlier than usual in Kyushu, Kanto, and Hokkaido and fairly on schedule elsewhere.

Planning to stick around Tokyo? We’ve got you covered here with details on Tokyo area bloom dates.

2022 Japan cherry blossom forecast for major cities

Last updated: March 10, 2022

City March April May
Fukuoka Start: March 18
Full Bloom: March 27
Kagoshima Start: March 22 Full Bloom: April 2  
Kochi Start: March 20
Full bloom: March 27
Hiroshima Start: March 23 Full Bloom: April 2  
Kyoto Start: March 26 Full Bloom: April 3  
Osaka Start: March 26 Full Bloom: April 2  
Wakayama Start: March 26 Full Bloom: April 3  
Kobe Start: March 26 Full Bloom: April 4  
Nara Start: March 28 Full Bloom: April 4  
Nagoya Start: March 23 Full Bloom: April 1  
Shizuoka Start: March 23 Full Bloom: April 1  
Kanazawa   Start: April 3
Full Bloom: April 4
Niigata   Start: April 9
Full Blossom: April 13
Nagano   Start: April 9
Full Blossom: April 14
Tokyo Start: March 21
Full bloom: March 29
Yokohama Start: March 23
Full bloom: March 31
Sendai   Start: April 9
Full Bloom: April 13
Yamagata   Start: April 14
Full Bloom: April 17
Aomori   Start: April 21
Full bloom: April 25
Hakodate   Start: April 27
Full bloom: April 30
Sapporo   Start: April 28 Full bloom: May 2
Muroran     Start: May 1
Full bloom: May 6

Forecast data provided by the Japan Meterological Corporation.

If you can’t get out for hanami in March/April, fear not! There are various varieties of sakura such as yaezakura which flower 3 to 4 weeks after the most popular yoshino variety.

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