Japan’s most beautiful time of year is coming up fast, and here’s when the flowers are expected to appear in each major region and city.
With all due respect to the beautiful Christmas light displays, New Year’s lucky bag bargain bonanzas, and mouthwatering Valentine’s Day chocolate treats, it’s no secret that the season people look forward to the most in Japan is spring, and that’s because of the cherry blossoms. When the flowers bloom, they transform the Japanese countryside into an achingly beautiful landscape of pastel pink flowers, and the only downsides are that the sakura are fickle about when they’ll bloom, and only stick around for a short time after they do.
That means that timing is everything if you’re hoping to see the cherry blossoms in Japan. Thankfully, Japanese weather forecasting organization Weather News has released its first sakura forecast for the spring of 2024, and says that the blossoms will be arriving quite a bit earlier than usual this year.
On Japan’s four main islands (Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Hokkaido), the first place to see the sakura bloom will be Fukuoka, on March 16, followed by Tokyo a day later, March 17, the forecast says.