Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024 (How to Plan Your Trip)

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As the new year of 2024 unfolds, travelers from all around the world are eagerly planning their trips to Japan, renowned as the world’s most attractive destination by the highly-rated media company Condé Nast. The upcoming spring season, celebrated for its pleasant weather and enchanting cherry blossoms (Sakura), is particularly popular for visits to Japan. In this article, we provide the Japan cherry blossom forecast for 2024, offer insights on planning your spring trip to Japan, and recommend the best places to visit this spring. 

Detailed Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024

Japan Meteorological Agency - Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the cherry blossom season is expected to start in the south of Japan around the middle of March, reaching Fukuoka by the 20th. Flowers will begin to bloom in Kansai cities, including Osaka and Kyoto, around the end of March, around the 25th and 26th, while cities in the Kanto region, including Tokyo, will enjoy a slightly earlier season projected to begin around the 23rd. The Tohoku area will experience spring a bit later, in the early to middle of April, while Hokkaido is expected to start at the beginning of May.

Here are further details about expected peak times for sakura in full bloom for some cities in Japan.

Fukuoka: Full bloom on March 30
Tokyo: Full bloom on March 30
Nagoya: Full bloom on March 31
Hiroshima: Full bloom on April 1
Osaka: Full bloom on April 1
Kyoto: Full bloom on April 1
Hyogo: Full bloom on April 1
Kagoshima: Full bloom on April 3
Kanazawa: Full bloom on April 7
Nagano: Full bloom on April 12
Sendai: Full bloom on April 12
Sapporo; Full bloom on May 6

How long cherry blossoms last varies depending on factors such as weather conditions and the specific type of cherry tree. Generally, the blooming period for cherry blossoms is relatively short, typically around one to two weeks. Once the blossoms have fully opened, they are usually at their peak for about a week, and then the petals start to fall.

What to Know When Traveling During Springtime in Japan

Spring, which typically spans from March to May, is characterized by mild temperatures, blooming flowers, and various cultural festivities. Spring is a season of celebrations in Japan. Alongside cherry blossom viewing, travelers might encounter various festivals and events. Golden Week, a series of national holidays at the end of April to early May, is a particularly festive time. It includes festivals, traditional performances, and food stalls offering local delicacies.

Spring weather in Japan is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from around 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. However, but be prepared for occasional rain. Packing layers is advisable, including a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings. Comfortable walking shoes are crucial for exploring parks, temples, and historic sites.

Planning a trip to Japan in spring requires careful consideration of the cherry blossom forecast. The bloom time varies from region to region, with southern areas experiencing blossoms earlier than northern ones. Checking our forecast from the previous section and adjusting travel dates accordingly enhances the chances of catching the blossoms at their best. Popular destinations, accommodations, and transportation may experience higher demand during this season, so booking in advance is recommended.

Visiting Awaji Island in the Spring of 2024

Awaji Island is ready to welcome travelers this spring. With improved transportation options and the recent opening of numerous exciting restaurants and cafes, coupled with the delightful spring weather, Awaji Island is one of the best destinations within the “world’s best destination”. Known for its rich history, vibrant anime culture, and delectable gourmet offerings, the resort island promises a wide range of pleasures for all ages to experience the essence of Japan in a single visit. Spring is an ideal time to explore the charms of the region, so seize the day and come this spring!