Cherry Blossom Japan 2023 Forecast: When & Where to See Sakura

Japan Cherry Blossom 2023 Forecast: When & Where to See Sakura

For those who can’t wait to see the dazzling sakura this year!

Cherry blossoms in Japan are just around the corner! This year is going to see a slightly early sakura season, beginning as early as mid-March in some areas. For the Japan cherry blossom 2023 season, travellers are finally able to witness these enchanting pink flowers in full bloom IRL. If you’re travelling to Japan mainly for this, make sure to time your visit well so you get to indulge fully in the beauty of sakura!

Here’s when we can expect to see cherry blossoms in Japan in 2023, according to the latest data from Japan Meteorological Corporation. We also included the top flower-viewing spots for each destination to fuel your wanderlust! 

Note: Below is the first sakura Japan 2023 forecast, announced on 11 Jan 2023. We will be updating this article every time a new forecast is released.

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Best time and locations to see cherry blossoms in Japan in 2023

This Japan cherry blossom 2023 forecast includes 14 different regions in the country. 

1. Tokyo

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Shinjuku Gyoen, Meguro River, Ueno Park, Yoyogi Park, Chidorigafuchi, Sumida Park, Rikugien Garden, Mohri Garden

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 22 Mar 2023; Full bloom – 30 Mar 2023

Also read: 10 Family-Friendly Airbnb Apartments in Tokyo

2. Hokkaido

cherry blossom japan 2023: Hokkaido

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Goryokaku Park, Matsumae Park, Odori Park, Moerenuma Park, Nakajima Park, Asahigaoka Park

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 2 May 2023; Full bloom – 5 May 2023

3. Kyoto

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Himeji Castle, Arashiyama district, Toji Temple, Kyoto Botanical Gardens, the Philosopher’s Path, Maruyama Park, Ninna-ji Temple, Yoshimine-dera Temple, Daigoji Temple

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 27 Mar 2023; Full bloom – 5 Apr 2023

4. Osaka

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Osaka Castle, Settsukyo Park, Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, Satsukiyama Park, Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Osaka Mint Bureau, Kyu-Yodo River

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 28 Mar 2023; Full bloom – 5 Apr 2023

Also read: 15 Airbnbs in Osaka That Are Even Better Than Hotels

5. Aomori

japan cherry blossom 2023: aomori

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Ashino Park, Hirosaki Park, Higashi Park, Tsugaru Fujimi Lake Park, Mount Iwaki, Towada City Kanchogai-dori street

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 22 Apr 2023; Full bloom – 26 Apr 2023

6. Miyagi

sakura japan 2023: miyagi

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Funaoka Joshi Park, Hitome Senbonzakura, Shiogama Shrine, Mikamine Park, Tsutsujigaoka Park, Nakajimacho Park, Tohoku University Katahira Campus

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 8 Apr 2023; Full bloom – 13 Apr 2023

7. Ishikawa

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Kenrokuen Garden, Saigawa River Terrace, Kanazawa Castle Park, Kazue-machi Chaya district, Mount Utatsu, Rojo Park, Enuma Shrine

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 4 Apr 2023; Full bloom – 10 Apr 2023

8. Nagano

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Ueda Castle Park, Takato Castle Park, Koboyama Koen, Oide Park, Suzaka Garyu Park, Matsumoto-jo Castle, Mount Kobo, Obuse Riverside Park

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 9 Apr 2023; Full bloom – 15 Apr 2023

9. Aichi

cherry blossom japan 2023: aichi

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Nagoya Castle and Meijo Park, Okazaki Park, Four Seasons Road, Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Tsuruma Park, Arakogawa Park, Togokusan Fruits Park, Meiji Mura, Inuyama Castle, Gojo River

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 25 Mar 2023; Full bloom – 4 Apr 2023

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10. Wakayama

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Negoro-ji Temple, Kimii-dera Temple, Wakayama Castle, Heisogen Park

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 27 Mar 2023; Full bloom – 4 Apr 2023

11. Hiroshima

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Miyajima Island, Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Garden, Hijiyama Park, Shobara-Ueno Park, Tamayugawa river, Hikawa River, Matsue Castle, Kintaikyo Bridge, Tsuyama Castle

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 26 Mar 2023; Full bloom – 4 Apr 2023

Also read: 11 Underrated Destinations in Japan That Are Worth Discovering

12. Kochi

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Mount Soda, Kagamino Park, Wakamiya Uemachi Park, Kochi Castle, Kure Osakadani Riverside, The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, Hyotan Sakura Park

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 22 Mar 2023; Full bloom – 30 Mar 2023

13. Fukuoka

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Kokura Castle, Maizuru Park, Minami Park, Nishi Park, Ogi Park

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 23 Mar 2023; Full bloom – 1 Apr 2023

14. Kagoshima

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Where to view cherry blossoms: Yoshino Park, Sengan-en Garden, Tadamoto Park, Kannongaike Citizen’s Forest, Hirakawa Zoo, Sakurajima Nature Dinosaur Park, Kotsuki River

When to view cherry blossoms: Flowering – 27 Mar 2023; Full bloom – 7 Apr 2023

Also read: 10 New Attractions in Japan to Check Out on Your Next Trip

So there you have it, the full list of where to see cherry blossoms in Japan in 2023 and when to see them. In which region do you wish you could admire the cherry blossoms in Japan this 2023? Start planning your trip to Japan and don’t miss out on these perfect places for sakura-watching!

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Born in a new village in Selangor, Malaysia, Cecelia loves three things in life: Good food, good views, and good deals. She also enjoys exploring new places and experiencing new things on her travels.

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