Japan-loving S’poreans, here’s the 2017 cherry blossom forecast

Spring didn't come early, but the sakura did.

By Tsiuwen Yeo |Belmont Lay | March 9, 2017

Every year, Japan’s cherry blossoms first appear in February or March in southern Japan, Okinawa, before moving northwards to Hokkaido by early May.

sakura-season

The blooming of bright cherry blossoms, otherwise known as sakura, coincides with spring.

And in 2017, sakura season has come early to Japan.

In mid-February this year, about a month before regular cherry blossom season in Japan, the pink flowers started to bloom in a small town about three hours from Tokyo.

Kawazu, located in Izu Peninsula, is home a to unique variety of sakura that blooms in the beginning of February.

The cherry blossoms, called Kawazuzakura, last for about a month, compared to the usual sakura that blooms and wilts within one to two weeks.

And it’s no big secret that Singaporeans love travelling to Japan.

Statistics from Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) recorded 190,900 travellers from Singapore to Japan between January to August 2016.

During the December peak period, the number was 75,900, a 13 percent increase from 2015.

So if the pictures of Kawazu has inspired you to go see the cherry blossoms for yourself this spring, we’ll be happy to provide you with 2017 cherry blossom forecast.

 

Place Estimated Average First Bloom Estimated Average Full Bloom
Okinawa Mid January Second Week of February
Kagoshima Late March
(30-03-2017)
Mid April
(06 to 14 April)
Nagasaki Late March
(26-03-2017)
Early April
(02 to 10 April)
Fukouka Late March
(25-03-2017)
Early April
(02 to 10 April)
Matsuyama Late March
(27-03-2017)
Early April
(04 to 12 April)
Hiroshima Late March
(28-03-2017)
Early April
(03 to 11 April)
Kyoto Late March (29-03-2017) Early April (04 to 12 April)
Osaka Late March
(29-03-2017)
Early April
(04 to 12 April)
Shizuoka Late March
(29-03-2017)
Early April
(02 to 10 April)
Nagoya Late March
(26-03-2017)
Early April
(02 to 10 April)
Yokohama Late March
(26-03-2017)
Early April
(02 to 10 April)
Kanazawa Early April
(04-04-2017)
Mid April
(08 to 16 April)
Tokyo Late March
(26-03-2017)
Early April
(02 to 10 April)
Nara Late March
(29-03-2017)
Early April
(04 to 12 April)
Niigata Early April
(07-04-2017)
Mid April
(12 to 18 April)
Nagano Early April
(08-04-2017)
Mid April
(11 to 20 April)
Fukushima Early April
(08-04-2017)
Mid April
(10 to 18 April)
Sendai Early April
(08-04-2017)
Mid April
(14 to 22 April)
Aomori April 22, 2017 April 26 to May 04, 2017
Akita Mid April
(18-04-2017)
April 22 to 26, 2017
Iwate Mid April
(14-04-2017)
April 18 to 24, 2017
Matsumae Late April
(26-04-2017)
Early May
(01 to 10 May)
Hakodate Late April
(29-04-2017)
Early May
(02 to 09 May)
Sapporo Early May
(02-05-2017)
Early May
(04 to 12 May)

But if you can’t make it to Japan, the closest you can get to cherry blossoms is at the Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, which will be available until March 24, 2017.

gardens-by-the-bay-sakura-01

 

Related article:

Cherry blossoms available at Gardens by the Bay until March 24, 2017

 

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