The latest cherry blossom forecast for 2014 has been issued by the Japan Weather Association. The forecast is the long-awaited first sign of spring and means that cherry blossoms - "sakura" in Japanese - will start to bloom all over Japan in the coming weeks.
Kochi Prefecture is predicted to be the first place where you will be able to see the famous florescent cherry blossoms in Japan starting from March 18. After that, cherry blossoms will start blooming in the Kyushu region in Kumamoto and Nagasaki Prefectures around March 21.
The timing of this year's cherry blossoms is about same as usual except that they might start blooming 3 or 4 days earlier in the Kyushu and Shikoku regions and 3 or 4 days later in the Kanto, Koshin and Hokkaido regions.
If you are planning to visit Tokyo or Osaka at the beginning of April, you should feel lucky. You will witness one of the most beautiful seasons in Japan, and most importantly, you will be allowed to enjoy observing cherry blossoms while getting hammered on beer and sake outside without any hassle by police officers.
Source: AkihabaraNews via Japan Weather Association© Japan Today