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Japan’s cherry blossom forecast for 2023 is here! Tokyo among cities to see sakura first

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

With Christmas, New Year’s, and Coming of Age Day all over and done with, Japan has finished up most of its big winter events. So even if the weather is still cold, people are starting to look ahead to spring, and in Japan spring means cherry blossoms.

But even though the sakura are the symbol of spring in Japan, the timing of the fickle flowers varies from year to year. That’s why the Japan Meteorological Corporation prepares predictions in the run-up to cherry blossom season, and the organization has just released its first forecast for 2023’s sakura, with the blossoms expected to open on March 22 in Tokyo, Kochi, and Shimonoseki.

▼ The sakura forecast map for spring 2023


As shown by the map, the cherry blossoms bloom first in the southern parts of Japan, where the weather is warmer, and the “sakura front,” as the phenomenon is called spreads north afterwards. The forecast focuses on somei yoshino, Japan’s most prevalent and popular variety of sakura trees, and the by-city list for the start of blooming includes:

Akita: April 18

Aomori: April 22

Fukuoka: March 23

Hiroshima: March 26

Kanazawa: April 4

Kobe: March 30

Kochi: March 22

Kyoto: March 27

Nagano: April 9

Nagoya: March 25

Nara: March 29

Osaka: March 28

Sapporo: May 2

Sendai: April 8

Shimonoseki: March 22

Tokyo: March 22

Yokohama: March 24


Arguably more important than when the sakura will begin blossoming, though, is when they’ll reach full bloom, for which the current forecast is:

Akita: April 22

Aomori: April 26

Fukuoka: April 1

Hiroshima: April 4

Kanazawa: April 10

Kobe: April 7

Kochi: March 30

Kyoto: April 5

Nagano: April 15

Nagoya: April 4

Nara: April 5

Osaka: April 5

Sapporo: May 5

Sendai: April 13

Shimonoseki: April 1

Tokyo: March 30

Yokohama: April 2

Source: @Press, Japan Meteorological Corporation

Insert images: @Press, Pakutaso

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What about Okinawa?

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What about Okinawa?

HUUGGGEEEE numbers there at one time.

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Are these forecasts ever actually right? Are they even assessed for their predictive capability?

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It’s impossible for Tokyo to see the blossoms before Okinawa.

Casey needs to repost her missive…

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Hopefully no masks or social distancing restrictions

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Hopefully no masks or social distancing restrictions

Whether you like it or not, Japanese people will be largely wearing masks.

Why is it such an issue for you?

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No mention of areas along the Eastern Izu Peninsula where leaves blooms much earlier and much pinker.

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I clicked hoping to see a "x days earlier/later than normal" comment but will leave disappointed.

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These tree's only make people allergic worst

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Good luck trying to get a nice photo without power lines and some ugly tin-clad building in the way.

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Excellent, best cherry blossoms in the world!!!...

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

What about Okinawa

Has already started (mentioned by a friend on Jan 8th, who went there for some company golfing). Mentioning an event that happened in the past would look the comitee stupid because they are supposed to "predict" said event... :-)

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Hopefully Cherry blossom parties don’t come back.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Does this also mean the scorching hot summer will come earlier as well…? :(

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yes some weeks ago.

will go for walk to enjoy signs of new life.

some bbq with friends.

some good time and nice relax.

no face masks no social distance no plastic face shields or vinyl curtains...

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Japan doesn't have any mask or social distancing restrictions. They asked people not to gather or eat during peak covid times previously, but they would not call the cops on your or anything.

So whatever restrictions people are complaining about are more a figment of imagination, or looking for a reason to complain more than anything.

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cherry blossoms, sick of the trees. been here too many years I guess, its my last year here so maybe I should try and enjoy it, but I don’t think I can look at another blossom without..

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Sadly the four remaining Sakura at our local train station were cut down last week and cemented over for a new hiroba area.

In addition at the local elementary school across the way a lot of sakura trees were unmercifully hacked of their branches beyond recognition. We've lost so many cherry blossoms around here in recent years.

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Will be visiting family from 15th-29th march. Any Hanami restrictions?

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I love the sakura season even if many countries also have them. You usually don't need to go far to find them.

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These articles are so stupid. Anyone with more than two brain cells knows sakura forecasts aren't remotely accurate until the middle or even the end of March. There are 1,000 things that could move the first bloom forward or backward between now and then!

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Anyone with more than two brain cells knows sakura forecasts aren't remotely accurate until the middle or even the end of March.

This is very true, I'm afraid things like this are just clickbait for people looking forward to the end of winter, when we are just entering midwinter.

A cold week in March will change this prediction completely.

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Cherry blossoms are in bloom in Okinawa NOW, 14th of January. I don't know why four people voted minus!

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There are sakura blossom trees in other countries too. Japanese seem to appreciate cherry blossom trees more I think.

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The sakura blossom is an important Japanese symbol in its art and culture about life being a short fleeting moment or a sense of renewal every year.

Sakura blossoms symbolize both birth and death, beauty and violence. They are a central motif in the Japanese worship of nature, but they have also historically signified the short but colorful life of the samurai.

It has been featured in the art for centuries.

Other nations have cherry trees but do not attach the same importance to them.

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the cherry blossoms in Okinawa is only in Yogi park in Naha and in Nago. Cherry Blossoms are not originally from Okinawa so what you have in Okinawa is not the real Japanese cherry blossoms! Okinawa is not part of Hanami culture.

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