Weather Map, a Japanese weather forecast company, released the cherry blossom forecast on 28 January.
But as everyone knows, spring is very abnormal in 2021 because of the unforeseen COVID-19 situation. I DO know that you don’t have the flight ticket to Japan to explore the beautiful season this year, do you?
Then, how about me? I’m living in Tokyo, but honestly, I can’t imagine how my life will be like in the coming spring at all! (Please don’t ask me about the Tokyo Olympic Games!)
However, the new coronavirus is NOTHING for cherry trees. The beautiful pale pink blossoms will bloom just as they do every spring. So I’m starting the Cherry Blossom Forecast on Blog Tokyo Direct Diary – this is the 7th year!
Cherry Blossom Forecast (Released on 28 January)
Tokyo: Start to open on 23 March / Reach peak on 31 March
Osaka: 26 March / 3 April
Kyoto: 27 March / 5 April
Nara: 29 March / 6 April
Nagoya: 25 March / 3 April
Fukuoka: 21 March / 31 March
Hiroshima: 25 March /4 April
Sendai: 11 April / 15 April
Sapporo: 30 April / 4 May
According to the forecasters, cherry blossoms will bloom a little earlier than average this year.
I was wondering if they would do the forecast as every year or not. It’s not time for picnic at all because of the new coronavirus in Japan at the point of January, so it’s just meaningless for them to make every effort to update it every week. But they did!
At this moment, I don’t have any plan for cherry blossoms – I can’t have a plan under “national emergency” that Prime Minister Suga declared. So I’m not sure how this article will be like this year, but anyway I depart to the off road. When I update it, I’ll tell you on Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned!!
Started to Open in Tokyo… TOO EARLY! (Updated on 15 March)
The forecasters announced that cherry blossoms started to open in Tokyo on 14 March. It’s 12 days earlier than average years.
The following is the latest forecast they updated on 15 March.
Tokyo: Start to open on 14 March / Reach peak on 23 March
Osaka: 21 March / 30 March
Kyoto: 17 March / 26 March
Nara: 21 March / 28 March
Nagoya: 18 March / 28 March
Fukuoka: 12 March / 22 March
Hiroshima: 11 March / 22 March
Sendai: 31 March / 5 April
Sapporo: 28 April / 1 May
In my opinion, it’s just CRAZY. Have you compared this latest forecast with the first released in January? I can’t believe it… It is not a “forecast” any longer, is it?
It’s just CRAZY that cherry blossoms start to bloom on White Day, but I think I say, “The cherry blossom season came so early this year!” EVERY YEAR. I’m wondering if cherry trees might be changing these years…
Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo
You hope to explore cherry blossoms ONLINE, don’t you? I’m listing up the best spots in Tokyo in the following!
Ueno Park is definitely my favorite! So I have written many articles with many photos.
Asakusa has been loved so much by locals as one of the best cherry blossom spots in Japan since samurais’ times. I said Ueno Park is my favorite, but whenever I go to Asakusa, I say to myself, “Mmm, this might be the best!”
Imperial Palace is on every travel guidebook published anywhere in the world. Personally I love Ueno Park the best (maybe), but I promise you that Imperial Palace is really a beautiful place.
Japanese Gardens & More
The Huge Weeping Cherry Tree in Rikugien Garden – This large Japanese garden is famous for its huge weeping cherry tree. There is a genuine matcha cafe inside!
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden – Koishikawa Korakuen is a beautiful Japanese garden originated from samurais’ mansion, too.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – The biggest park in Tokyo has the biggest number of cherry trees.
Yoyogi Park, Harajuku – I think it’s a good place for picnic.
Guides, Reviews & Facts of Meguro River Cherry Blossom Festival – This is a new popular place.
Zojoji Temple & Tokyo Tower – It may not be counted as a cherry blossom spot, but you can see cherry blossoms with Tokyo Tower there.
Hope you enjoy cherry blossoms at home!