Japan Releases Its Cherry Blossom Forecast For 2024

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The Japan Meteorological Corporation released its second cherry blossom forecast for 2024, and now puts the start date for this year’s sakura season at March 18 in Fukuoka. Cherry trees in Tokyo will start flowering on March 20 and will be at full bloom on March 29. The season is expected to end in early May in Hokkaido.

CITY FIRST BLOOM FULL BLOOM
Tokyo March 20 March 29
Fukuoka March 18 March 28
Osaka March 22 March 30
Kyoto March 23 March 31
Hiroshima March 20 March 31
Nagoya March 21 March 30
Takamatsu March 23 March 30
Kumamoto March 23 April 4
Kagoshima March 29 April 8
Nagasaki March 21 April 1
Sapporo April 25 April 29
The first and full bloom forecasts in Japan for 2024 (© Japan Meteorological Corporation)

According to the meteorological body, the cherry blossoms are expected to bloom about four days to a week earlier than usual in many areas. This year, the first cherry blossom forecast was issued on January 10, with subsequent weekly estimates expected to be released every week until February 29. There will then be daily first and full bloom reports, along with twice-weekly predictions.

The annual cherry blossom forecasts are made using 58 observation trees across the country, except for Amami and Okinawa, where there are no such trees. “First bloom” means 5-6 flowers on the observation trees have bloomed, while “full bloom” means that 80% of their trees have blossomed.

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