Sakura Forecast 2025: Best Time to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Last Updated: May 23,2024

Every year in the spring season, when the 30,000 Japanese Sakura cherry blossom in Yoshino Mountain are in full bloom, the Kyoto railroad tracks will be filled with the fragrance of Japanese pink flowers in the cracks, the Hokkaido stars will also light up the night cherry blossoms, and the whole of Japan are quietly dyed pink. In order to help you better experience the cherry blossom season Japan 2025, here we are to share the Cherry Blossom Forecast 2025 with you, including the Japan sakura schedule, the best time to see Japanese cherry blossoms, the cherry blossom month in Japan, Hanami spots at Japan cherry blossom dates, Sakura forecast 2025 and hand-picked Japan cherry blossom tours 2025. 

★If you hope to visit iconic landmarks or historical sites, experience Kimono photography and the traditional Tea Ceremony, watch the Geisha performance, or enjoy delicious culinary delights, in addition to viewing the spectacular scene of cherry blossom, seize the time to tell us your travel date so that we can tailor the private Japan cherry blossom 2025 itinerary and book the favorite hotel for you.

Table of Contents

1. Sakura Month in Japan 2025

2. Japan Sakura Forecast in Previous Years

3. Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024

4. Japan 2025 Cherry Blossom Dates

5. Best Spots to View Japan Cherry Blossom 2025

6. Recommended Japan Cherry Blossom Trip 2025

1. Japan Cherry Blossom Month 2025

Japan's cherry blossom season lasts until May. Whether you want to go to enjoy the Japan Hanami festival at the Kanto or Kansai, or want to visit Okinawa and Hokkaido together at cherry blossom time in Japan, or experience the classic Sakura spots and niche secret Hanami spots, or the off-the-beaten-path cherry blossom viewing spots, there will be a suitable one for you during the cherry blossom season Japan 2025.

Sakura Season

January: View Early Japanese Cherry Blossom in Okinawa

Japan's first batch of blooming cherry blossoms is the Okinawa cherry blossom. In January, there will be cherry blossom trees in bloom. Yaedake Sakuranomori Park in Okinawa has more than 7,000 cherry trees, featuring red and white colors to be very romantic. If you want to go to visit the Sakura and appreciate the monuments at the same time, don't miss the Nakijin Castle Ruins, as there will be a sense of cool beauty while enjoying the Sakura flower in Japan.

February: Enjoy Sakura Hanami in Izu-Kawazu

The Sakura season Japan in Kawazu, Izu is a bit longer, and February is the full blooming cherry blossom month. There are more than 1,000 Kawazu cherry blossom planted on both sides of the river, which looks like a cherry blossom brocade. In addition, at the time of cherry blossom Japan February 2025, you can also go to the train station in Izu, which is also a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing in Japan during the Kawazu cherry blossom festival.

Izu Sakura

March: Full Blooming Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Kansai, Shikoku, and Kyushu

The Sakura period in late March is the cherry blossom season in Japan when most of the Japanese Sakura trees are in full bloom, and they are just like the clouds on fire. During the Sakura March 2025, You can enjoy the Kansai Sakura by visiting the Philosophy's Path and Randen's Sakura Tunnel in Arashiyama in Kyoto and Mount Yoshino in Nara.

April: Admire the Japanese Cherry Blossom Flower in Aomori, Tokyo and Sendai

During the time of Sakura April 2025, you can see cherry blossoms flowers on Mt. Fuji and on the Meguro River in Tokyo. In Chidorigafuchi, you can take a boat ride on the lake to enjoy the Japan Hanami festival, and on the Meguro River Cherry Blossoms Promenade, you can see cherry blossom petals falling on the lake, which will make you feel extremely happy when you view the shimmering pink color. If you go there too late in the Sakura season 2025, you can go all the way north to enjoy the Aomori Sakura and Kinugawa cherry blossoms viewing. The Kinugawa hot spring is very niche and very meaningful to enjoy Japan natural onsen, which is highly recommended in the spring season in Japan.

Meguro River Sakura

May: Appreciate the Late Bloomer in Hokkaido

The Japan Sakura period lasts till May, which coincides with Labor Day, so there is a holiday to catch the last of Japan's cherry blossoms time. Goryokaku Park in Hakodate is one of the most famous cherry blossom spots to enjoy the Hokkaido Sakura, especially when you look down on it, you can see all the cherry trees turn into a pink five-pointed star. There are also cherry blossom spots at the Hokkaido Shrine. If you go to Hokkaido at this time of year during the month for cherry blossom in Japan 2025, you can also enjoy the fireworks festival of Lake Tōya. It will be very enjoyable to try the local seafood and take an onsen bath in Noboribetsu, one of the best onsen resorts in Japan while admiring the beautiful Sakura flower in Hokkaido.

2. Sakura Forecast Japan in Previous Years

When it comes to the cherry blossom viewing season in Japan, one of the most popular things to do is to predict the flowering date and full blooming schedule of the Japanese cherry blossoms, which is updated on all major Japanese weather websites every year in February. As a forecast, we'd better make a comprehensive comparison to get a better idea of the best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan. However, there is no Japan Meteorological Corporation cherry blossom forecast 2025 at the moment, so we have sorted out the Japanese Sakura forecast in previous years, which was published by Japan Weather Map (JWM), Japan Weather Association (JWA), Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC), and Weathernews Inc. (WN), and hope it is helpful for you to enjoy the Sakura Season Japan 2025.

Kanto Sakura Prediction

 Kyushu Sakura Prediction

Chūgoku · Shikoku Sakura Prediction

Kansai Sakura Prediction

Hokkaido Sakura Prediction

Hokuriku Sakura Prediction

Tohoku Sakura Prediction

3. Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024 Japan

Japan's terrain is long and narrow in shape, and cherry blossoms bloom sequentially from the warm southern end to the north, which is just on contrary to the autumn leaves Japan forecast that starts from Hokkaido. Generally speaking, the Japanese cherry blossom season 2025 will last from about the beginning of March to May. It starts in mid-March around Kyushu in the southern region, and around May in Hokkaido in the north. However, the earth's climate has changed quite a bit in the last few years, and the Japanese Sakura season has almost always been affected to a small degree, so the Sakura time in Japan 2025 will depend on the temperature each year. Here is the cherry blossom season Japan 2024 forecast for your reference. This Sakura 2024 forecast was announced by the Japan Meteorological Corporation on April 25, 2024.

Japan Meteorological Agency Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024

For the Japan meteorological corporation Sakura 2025, it will update the prediction on the cherry blossom flowering and full bloom dates every Thursday evening from mid-February onwards. The Sakura 2025 schedule may change depending on the flowering/full bloom situation.

4. Cherry Blossom Japan 2025 Dates

When is cherry blossom season in Japan 2025? The Japanese take cherry blossoms very seriously and the attention is hot every year. Every year in January, major Japanese weather sites like Japan Meteorological Corporation announce the Japan cherry blossom forecast. However it is not until February that an updated and more accurate forecast schedule is issued. To help you arrange the Japan Sakura tour in advance, here is the Sakura forecast for 2025 sorted by us. It is noted that this cherry blossom season Japan 2025 forecast is not from Japan's authoritative weather company but from our experience prediction. This Sakura schedule 2025 is for informational purposes only as the cherry blossom Japan 2025 dates may actually change due to climatic influences.

Fukuoka Sakura at Maizuru Park

Kyushu Sakura 2025

The Kyushu cherry blossom is expected to bloom at the same time or slightly earlier than in previous years, with the Sakura blossoming date starting in Fukuoka on March 20th, followed by Miyazaki on the 21st, and Kumamoto cherry blossom is also predicted to bloom on March 21st. Cherry blossoms are predicted to bloom on March 31 in Fukuoka and Kumamoto, and in full bloom on April 1 in Saga, Nagasaki, and Miyazaki.

Kumamoto Cherry Blossom

Kansai Sakura 2025

Japan cherry blossom 2025 dates in Kansai begins in Wakayama on March 23rd, followed by Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara on the 25th. Osaka Castle Park is forecasted to bloom on March 26th. Full blooming dates are then predicted to be on March 31 in Wakayama and on April 1 in Nara, which may be the same or slightly earlier than normal.

Chūgoku · Shikoku Sakura 2025

2025 Sakura time in Chūgoku and Shikoku area begins on March 21st in Kochi, followed by Hiroshima on the 22nd. Cherry blossoms in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park are forecasted to bloom on March 26th. It is then expected to fully bloom on April 1 in Hiroshima and Matsue and on April 2 in Tottori and Takamatsu.

Hiroshima Cherry Blossom

Kanto Sakura 2025

Japanese cherry blossoms season 2025 in the Kanto area starts on March 20 in Tokyo, then in Yokohama on March 21, and Ueno Sakura in Tokyo is also expected to bloom on March 21, and the Nagano cherry blossom on April 8 as well. Cherry blossom's full blooming dates are expected to be on March 29th in Tokyo and on March 31st in Yokohama, Kumagaya, and Kofu.

Central Japan Sakura 2025

For the Sakura time in Japan 2025 in Central Japan, it is flowering date starts on March 22 in Nagoya, Gifu, and Tsurumai Park in Aichi Prefecture, Shizuoka on March 24, and Tsu on March 27. There are many places where Sakura starts to bloom after 10 days. And it is predicted to fully bloom on March 31 in Gifu and Tsu, and on April 1 in Nagoya.

Japanese Cherry Blossom

Hokuriku Sakura 2025

The cherry blossom season Japan 2025 dates in Hokuriku will begin on March 30th in Fukui and continue in Kanazawa and Toyama on March 31st. Kenroku-en, the famous cherry blossom viewing spot in Ishikawa Prefecture, is predicted to start the Sakura festival on April 2, and Niigata on April 6 as well. They are expected to be in full bloom for about five days, together with the full blooming time on April 3 in Fukui, and on April 5 in Kanazawa and Toyama.

Tohoku Sakura 2025

Sakura time Japan 2025 in Tohoku begins on April 4 in Fukushima and continues on April 5 in Sendai. It is forecasted that the cherry blossom blooming area will expand to the northern part of the Tohoku region by mid-April. You may enjoy the Hirosaki cherry blossom festival in Hirosaki Park in Aomori Prefecture on April 17th. The full bloom is expected to come about 5 days after flowering and is predicted to be in full bloom on April 8 in Fukushima and on April 11 in Sendai. There are many places where the Sakura blooming period is slightly earlier than in previous years, and Aomori cherry blossom is expected to be earlier than in previous years in cherry blossom time Japan 2025.

Japan Sakura Month

Hokkaido Sakura 2025

The Japanese cherry blossom season reaches southern Hokkaido in late April and moves up towards northern and northeastern Hokkaido till May. Hakodate Sakura is expected to bloom on April 23 and Sapporo cherry blossom on April 25. Kushiro cherry blossom, which is the latest in the country to bloom, also begins to bloom in early May, and the Japan Sakura festival comes to an end. The Hokkaido sakura is expected to be in full bloom in about 3 days, and is forested to fully bloom on April 26 in Hakodate, April 29 in Sapporo, and Obihiro. 

5. Where to Enjoy the Cherry Blossom Japan 2025

The reason why the cherry blossom period is so touching is because it is so short, 7 days after the blossom is in full bloom; however, within 3-7 days after full bloom, the cherry blossoms begin to fade. So the Japan Sakura Forecast 2025 becomes important. And you can go to the best spots to enjoy the best cherry blossom viewing in Japan.

Best Tokyo 

Sakura Spots

Best Kyoto 

Sakura Spots

Best Osaka 

Sakura Spots

Best Hokkaido

Sakura Spots

Best Mt. Fuji 

Sakura Spots

Best Nara

Sakura Spots

Ueno ParkPhilosopher's PathOsaka Castle ParkMaruyama ParkNorthern Shores of KawaguchikoNara Park
Shinjuku GyoenArashiyamaOsaka Mint BureauMoerenuma ParkChureito PagodaMt. Yoshino
Meguro RiverNijo CastleKema Sakuranomiya ParkHokkaido ShrineOshino HakkaiButsuryu-Ji Temple
ChidorigafuchiKiyomizu-DeraShitennojiMakomanai ParkLake Tanuki-koKoriyama Castle Ruins
Sumida ParkHirano ShrineKozuguGoryokaku ParkArakurayama Sengen ParkMatabezakura
Inokashira ParkKeage InclineExpo '70 Commemorative ParkHakodate ParkUrui RiverTakada Senbon Sakura
Yoyogi ParkShimbashi-dori, GionSatsukiyama ParkOtaru ParkIyashi no SatoTsubosaka Temple
Rokugien GardenShirakawa Canal in GionKishiwada CastleMatsumae ParkFuji Shibazakura FestivalSahogawa Riverbed
Asukayama ParkKamo RiverDaisen ParkKakunodateUbuyagasaki PeninsulaMount Wakakusayama
Koishikawa Korakuen GardensKyoto Gyoen National GardenKatsuo-ji TempleHirosaki ParkEastern Shores of KawaguchikoHeijo Palace

6. 2025 Japan Sakura Tours in Springtime

Spreading out mats in parks and on riverbanks where cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Japan Sakura Season 2025, you can sit on the ground with your family and friends and gather for a lively meal and chat. This has become a routine activity for Japanese people in the spring season and is the most representative scene of spring in various parts of Japan. Here are some recommendations for your Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2025 in springtime.

Japan Sakur Tours 2025Destinations  Viewing Spots and Highlights


6 Days Tokyo & Kansai Classic Tour


Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto-Nara

Mount Fuji, Kawaguchiko Oishi Park, Arakura Sengen Shrine, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Senso-ji Temple, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Nara Park


8 Days Japan Sakura Classic Tour


Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka

Meiji Jingu, Shinjuku Gyoen, Chidorigafuchi, Sensoji Temple, Nakamise Shopping Street, Akihabara, Tokyo national museum, Kinkaku-ji Temple, The Philosopher's Path, Kitano tenmangu, Kiyomizu-dera, Daigo-ji, Nara Park, Osaka Castle

10 Days Japan Cherry Blossom Tour

Tokyo-Kamakura-Hakone-Osaka-Kyoto-Nara

Shinjuku Gyoen, Meguro River, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tsukiji Fish Market, Make Sushi, Kamakura, Enoden, Owakudani, Osaka Castle, Arashiyama, Uji, Nara Park, Sake District

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Conclusion

For those who love spring season, visiting Japan to view cherry blossoms must be a good choice. Japan Sakura period is short and you can make your Japan tour at the best time to see Japanese cherry blossoms during March and April. However, hotels and airfare will be more expensive during the Japan Sakura month, so it is recommended to order in advance. And preparing in advance to make your cherry blossom trip itinerary to Japan is also very essential. Contact us now to plan your private trip for the 2025 Japanese Sakura season.

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