Sakura Forecast 2016: The Latest Updates For Every Area of Japan!

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  • It has been almost one month since the release of the first Sakura Forecast from the Japan Weather Association. Now, their second forecast has been announced! In their second round of predictions, the JWA gives more details and more dates! Don’t miss out on the news!

    The First Forecast

    sakura scenery

    Previously, the Japan Weather Association reported that in spite of 2016 being a leap year, the sakura would bloom around the same time as any other year. The concern comes from the fact that during leap years, the cherry blossoms tend to bloom a bit later. Luckily, this is still true, as the blossoms will be appearing no later than usual. With an updated and more detailed map, as well as many cities and around what days their sakura will begin to bloom, locals and visitors can look forward to a wonderful hanami season.

    Updates

    sakura updated map

    The changes in the forecast include slightly later dates for parts of Kyushu and slight changes to the first blooming days in certain areas of Kansai. The Japan Weather Association explained that sakura blooming times are influenced by the weather and temperatures from the previous fall up until the date of blooming. For example, if the weather is warmer, the blooms will appear a bit earlier than usual. The weather saw many changes from the fall of 2015 until winter 2016. JWA went on to say that in Shikoku and surrounding areas, the first winds of spring blew. However, in and after January, temperatures dropped and colder weather returned. So what does this mean for the sakura? They still predict that the blooming times will not change dramatically from a non-leap year!

    To give an idea, the JWA’s general forecast in for a March 25th start in Fukuoka, Kochi, Tokyo (the Chiyoda ward area), a March 28th start for Osaka, and blooms on April 8th in Sendai.

    How about more specifically? The JWA website offers a long list of areas, prefectures and cities along with their blooming dates. Most areas are marked as being similar to non-leap year blooming times. Others in Kyushu are marked as later while a few places like Miyagi or Iwate prefectures as shown as being predicted to bloom a few days earlier.

    Planning Your Hanami

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    If you are living in or visiting Japan during the cherry blossom season, most likely you will be heading outside to have a hanami party with friends. For more in-depth information about which places are the best to go to, you can check two more articles here and here to help you fully enjoy the spring. And don’t forget to check below for the sakura dates in your prefecture and city!

    Cities and Predicted Sakura Dates

    Kyushu Area

    City Predicted Blooming Tendency Predicted Blooming Date Non-Leap Year Blooming Date Last Year’s Blooming Date
    Fukuoka Prefecture Fukuoka City As Usual Around 3/25 3/23 3/22
    Oita Prefecture Oita City Late Around 3/28 3/24 3/26
    Nagasaki Prefecture Nagasaki City Late Around 3/28 3/24 3/22
    Saga Prefecture Saga City Late Around 3/28 3/24 3/22
    Kumamoto Prefecture Kumamoto City Late Around 3/26 3/23 3/22
    Miyazaki Prefecture Miyazaki City Late Around 3/28 3/24 3/22
    Kagoshima Prefecture Kagoshima City Late Around 4/1 3/26 3/21

    Chugoku Area

    City Predicted Blooming Tendency Predicted Blooming Date Non-Leap Year Blooming Date Last Year’s Blooming Date
    Hiroshima Prefecture Hiroshima City As Usual Around 3/28 3/27 3/24
    Okayama Prefecture Okayama City As usual Around 3/29 3/29 3/28
    Shimane Prefecture Matsue As usual Around 3/30 3/31 3/29
    Tottori Prefecture Tottori City As usual Around 3/30 3/31 3/28
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki Late Around 3/30 3/27 3/25

    Kansai Area

    City Predicted Blooming Tendency Predicted Blooming Date Non-Leap Year Blooming Date Last Year’s Blooming Date
    Osaka Prefecture Osaka City As Usual Around 3/28 3/28 3/26
    Shiga Prefecture Hikone As usual Around 3/31 4/2 3/31
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City As usual Around 3/28 3/28 3/27
    Hyogo Prefecture Kobe As usual Around 3/29 3/28 3/27
    Nara Prefecture Nara City As usual Around 3/28 3/29 3/27
    Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama City As usual Around 3/26 3/26 3/23
    Mie Prefecture Tsu As usual Around 3/31 3/30 3/29

    Chubu Area

    City Predicted Blooming Tendency Predicted Blooming Date Non-Leap Year Blooming Date Last Year’s Blooming Date
    Aichi Prefecture Nagoya As Usual Around 3/25 3/26 3/21
    Shizuoka Prefecture Shizuoka City Late Around 3/28 3/25 3/22
    Gifu Prefecture Gifu City As usual Around 3/26 3/26 3/23
    Yamanashi Prefecture Kofu As usual Around 3/28 3/27 3/25
    Nagano Prefecture Nagano City Early Around 4/9 4/13 4/4
    Niigata Prefecture Niigata City As usual Around 4/7 4/9 4/2
    Toyama Prefecture Toyama City As usual Around 4/4 4/5 4/1
    Ishikawa Prefecture Kanazawa As usual Around 4/3 4/4 3/31
    Fukui Prefecture Fukui City As usual Around 4/1 4/3 3/31

    Kanto Area

    City Predicted Blooming Tendency Predicted Blooming Date Non-Leap Year Blooming Date Last Year’s Blooming Date
    Tokyo Metropolis Tokyo City Center As Usual Around 3/25 3/26 3/23
    Ibaraki Prefecture Mito As usual Around 4/1 4/2 3/30
    Tochigi Prefecture Utsunomiya City As usual Around 4/2 4/1 3/30
    Gunma Prefecture Maebashi As usual Around 3/31 3/31 3/28
    Saitama Prefecture Kumagaya As usual Around 3/30 3/29 3/27
    Chiba Prefecture Choshi As usual Around 4/1 3/31 3/30
    Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama As usual Around 3/27 3/26 3/23

    Tohoku Area

    City Predicted Blooming Tendency Predicted Blooming Date Non-Leap Year Blooming Date Last Year’s Blooming Date
    Miyagi Prefecture Sendai Early Around 4/8 4/11 4/3
    Aomori Prefecture Aomori City As usual Around 4/23 4/24 4/14
    Akita Prefecture Akita City As usual Around 4/16 4/18 4/11
    Iwate Prefecture Morioka Early Around 4/18 4/21 4/9
    Yamagata Prefecture Yamagata City As usual Around 4/13 4/15 4/10
    Fukushima Prefecture Fukushima City As usual Around 4/7 4/9 4/2

    Hokkaido Area

    City Predicted Blooming Tendency Predicted Blooming Date Non-Leap Year Blooming Date Last Year’s Blooming Date
    Hokkaido Prefecture Sapporo As usual Around 5/3 5/3 4/22
    Hokkaido Prefecture Muroran As usual Around 5/6 5/6 4/28
    Hokkaido Prefecture Hakodate As usual Around 4/30 4/30 4/21

    What do you think about the forecast? Hopefully, you can be in Japan at the right time for the best view of sakura!

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