Ever dreamt of seeing the cherry blossoms in Japan in person? If so, make sure to time your trip right—because the sakura season, once in full bloom, only lasts up to two weeks.
According to Japan Meteorological Corporation's forecast, the sakura season is set to start a week earlier than normal this year as Tokyo's cherry blossoms are expected to bloom in March, instead of the typical April. The projected early turnout is reportedly due to rising temperatures in autumn and winter, as well as the anticipated warm weather come springtime between March to May.
Japan Meteorological Corporation's forecast was last updated on January 9 and may be subject to change. But in the meantime, it's a fairly accurate calendar on which to base your Japan trip and itinerary.
Check out the cherry blossom forecast for some of Japan's major tourist destinations:
Flowering date: March 19
Bloom date: March 27
Viewing spots: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Ueno Park, Yoyogi Park, and Rikugien Gardens
Flowering date: March 25
Bloom date: April 1
Viewing spots: Japan Mint Sakura Passageway, Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Osaka Castle Park, Expo '70 Commemorative Park
Flowering date: March 20
Bloom date: March 29
Viewing spots: Maizuru Park, Nishi Park, Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Atago Shrine
Flowering date: May 1
Bloom date: May 5
Viewing spots: Moerenuma Park, Mt. Tengu, Asahikawa Park, Asahigaoka Park
Flowering date: April 7
Bloom date: April 12
Viewing spots: Mikamine Park, Tsutsujigaoka Park, Funaoka Castle Park
You can read the full forecast on the Earth Communication Provider website.