2024 Cherry Blossom Forecast: Top Viewing Spots And Food 

Travel on 19 Mar, 2024

2024 Cherry Blossom Forecast: Top Viewing Spots And Food 

We all know that cherry blossoms are a top attraction in Japan, especially during peak season when everyone rushes to witness their beauty. Here’s a heads-up on the weather forecast for cherry blossoms in Japan in 2024 to help you plan your trip!

In this article, we will also share Japan’s cherry blossom forecast, discuss Sakura viewing culture, and show you the best location to admire the cherry blossoms in Japan. Take a glimpse at our table of content below.

Bonus tip: Those with a JR pass should take advantage of this two-week travel itinerary to explore different onsens in Japan. If you don’t know how to onsen, check out the ultimate guide to the Onsen for Singaporeans.

Culture of Cherry Blossom in Japan

Cherry blossoms in full bloom on a tree, signaling the arrival of spring.

Cherry blossoms, known as sakura in Japan, are renowned for their exquisite beauty. Yet, they represent more than just ornamental trees and hold deep cultural significance in Japan’s history, culture, and identity.

The sakura bloom marks the end of chilly winters and the beginning of the spring season. For many Japanese, sakura symbolizes human mortality. The flower portrays beauty at its peak but eventually withers and becomes fragile, mirroring the cycle of human life. It serves as a reminder that life is both short and precious.

In Japan, during the blooming period, people gather for hanami parties to celebrate and cherish these iconic trees in Hanami, or “flower viewing,” an event that means picnicking under the cherry blossom trees. Experiencing a hanami event in Japan is a must-do during springtime!

When Is Cherry Blossom Season in Japan in 2024

Cherry blossom season in Japan for 2024 is expected to peak from late March to early April, particularly in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. The final official forecast was issued by the Japan Meteorological Corporation on March 14, 2024.

* Please bear in mind that this forecast is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. We advise conducting thorough research and managing expectations before finalizing your itinerary.

Map illustrating the forecasted cherry blossom flowering dates across japan for the year 2024.

Last Updated in 14 March 2024. 

2024 Forecast of Flowering and Full Bloom Dates

Here is the table of the 2024 forecast for cherry blossom bloom in Japan. 

LocationForecasted Flowering DateForecasted Full Bloom DateFlowering Date In Average Year
*The estimated date of first bloom in 2024.

Top Places To Visit During Cherry Blossom Season

Now that you’ve had a glimpse at the cherry blossom forecast in Japan, it’s time to explore the various places where you can witness the breathtaking cherry blossoms, ranging from iconic parks to hidden gems. Before finalizing your itinerary, be sure to check out this list for inspiration.


1. Shinjuku Gyoen

Cherry blossoms in full bloom with visitors crossing a bridge in a tranquil park setting.

Shinjuku Gyoen boasts over a thousand cherry trees, with a variety of early and late blooming species. The park offers expansive lawns and a serene, peaceful atmosphere.

2. Ueno Park

Cherry blossoms in full bloom along a path with festive banners and a fence, indicating a spring celebration or festival.

Ueno Park is among Japan’s busiest and most vibrant locations for cherry blossom gatherings. With over 1000 trees lining the streets towards the National Museum and encircling Shinobazu Pond, it’s a bustling hub of activity. Cherry blossoms in Ueno Park typically bloom a few days earlier than in other parts of the city.

3. Chidorigafuchi

Rowboats moored on a calm river with cherry blossoms in full bloom along the banks.

At Kitanomaru Park, hundreds of cherry trees adorn the moats of the former Edo Castle, making it Tokyo’s top cherry blossom spot. Visitors can rent boats to enjoy the view, and the trees are illuminated in the evening, adding to the enchanting atmosphere.

Nagano Prefecture

1. Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto castle with cherry blossoms in the foreground and a mountain backdrop in japan.

Matsumoto Castle ranks among Japan’s most stunning original castles. About 300 cherry trees are planted around the castle moats and inside the castle’s paid inner grounds.

2. Takato Castle Ruins Park

Crowds of visitors enjoying cherry blossoms at a park with a traditional bridge.

Takato Castle Ruins Park is one of Japan’s top three cherry blossom spots, with 1500 cherry trees on the former castle grounds.

Nagoya Prefecture 

1. Yamazakigawa Riverside

Cherry blossoms in full bloom near a footbridge in an urban park setting.

The Shikinomichi, known as the “Path of Four Seasons,” along Nagoya’s Yamazaki River is among Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom spots. It spans nearly a kilometer and has hundreds of cherry trees along the riverbank.

2. Nagoya Castle

A japanese castle with cherry blossoms in bloom.

The Nagoya Castle park and moats feature many Somei Yoshino trees, some weeping cherry trees, and a few other types of cherry trees.


1. Maruyama Park

Outdoor festival under blooming cherry blossoms with red tables and visitors enjoying the setting.

Maruyama Park, beside Yasaka Shrine, is Kyoto’s favorite spot for cherry blossom celebrations. The park’s highlight is a grand weeping cherry tree illuminated in the evenings. Visitors can enjoy various food stalls and pop-up restaurants with outdoor seating beneath the cherry trees.

2. Philosopher’s Path 

A picturesque path lined with blooming cherry blossom trees, with people strolling and enjoying the spring scenery.

The Philosopher’s Path is a pleasant path beside a canal that connects Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) with the vicinity of Nanzenji. It is lined by hundreds of cherry trees.


1. Osaka Castle

Osaka castle surrounded by cherry blossoms in full bloom.

Osaka Castle has over 4000 cherry trees. Nishinomaru Park, in the castle’s western citadel, is perfect for picnics with expansive lawns, castle views, and evening illumination.

2. Okawa River

A boat cruises along a river lined with blooming cherry blossom trees.

During cherry blossom season, the Okawa River in central Osaka is a must-visit, boasting approximately 4,800 cherry blossom trees.

You may opt for a 25-minute Okawa River Sakura Cruise with the Osaka Amazing Pass or a private one-hour cruise to savor the blossoms at your own pace. Along either side of the Okawa River, Kema Sakuranomiya Park and the Japan Mint Headquarters are both famous cherry blossom spots for you to check out

3. Kema Sakuranomiya Park

Cherry blossoms in full bloom along a city park pathway.

Nearly 5000 cherry trees line Okawa River for several kilometers. The seemingly endless rows of cherry trees can be viewed from a pleasant riverside promenade or from ships cruising the river. There are also lawn areas with a lot of space for picnics.


1. Lake Kawaguchiko/Fuji Five Lakes 

Cherry blossoms in the foreground with mount fuji and a lake in the background.

The trees lining the northern shores of Lake Kawaguchiko offer a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, in combination with the lake and cherry blossoms. Among the top spots are the lakeside promenade around the Kawaguchiko Music Forest and the Ubuyagasaki peninsula near the Kawaguchiko Ohashi Bridge. Mornings are typically optimal for the best visibility of Mount Fuji.

2. Chureito Pagoda

Mount fuji with a red pagoda and cherry blossoms in the foreground.

The Chureito Pagoda, situated in the hills of Fujiyoshida City, attracts photographers throughout the year. It’s especially popular in mid-April during cherry blossom season when it stands amidst a stunning display of cherry blossoms.


1. Hirosaki Castle

Boat tour under cherry blossoms near a traditional red bridge.

Hirosaki Castle Park is a renowned cherry blossom viewing spot in northern Japan, boasting approximately 2,600 cherry blossom trees, offering a picturesque view of the castle amidst the cherry blossoms.


1. Kenrokuen

Visitors enjoying cherry blossoms in bloom along a curved park bridge.

Kenrokuen, Japan’s renowned garden, is a beautiful sight and a delightful cherry blossom spot. With numerous cherry trees adorning its pathways, it offers a stunning display of blossoms. Surrounding areas near Ishikawa Gate also provide opportunities to enjoy the cherry blossoms’ splendor.


1. Nara Park

Deer grazing under cherry blossom trees in bloom.

Nara Park boasts approximately 1700 cherry trees, outnumbering the deer by around 500. One of the park’s most delightful hanami spots is a large lawn surrounded by cherry trees, located a short walk southeast of Todaiji’s main hall.

2. Mount Yoshinoyama 

Blooming cherry blossom trees blanket a hilly landscape with traditional japanese architecture peeking through.

Yoshinoyama (Mount Yoshino) has stood as Japan’s premier cherry blossom viewing destination for centuries. The mountain is adorned with around 30,000 cherry trees, creating a breathtaking spectacle.


1. Mikamine Park

People enjoying a picnic under cherry blossom trees in a park.

Mikamine Park, situated south of central Sendai, is a spacious public park with hundreds of large, beautiful cherry trees and wide lawns. It offers plenty of space to hold cherry blossom viewing parties underneath its cherry trees.

1. Hanami Dango

Assorted colorful dango on a skewer with cherry blossoms on a wooden background.

Hanami Dango is one of the popular snacks during cherry blossom viewing in Japan. This Skewered dumplings are made with rice flour and glutinous rice flour. These chewy dumplings come in three colors (sanshoku dango): pink, white, and green springtime hues. 

2. Sakura Mochi

An assortment of inarizushi, japanese sushi rice in tofu pockets, garnished with different toppings.

Sakura Mochi is a flavored traditional seasonal wagashi (Japanese sweet) enjoyed throughout Japan during spring. It’s flavored with salt-preserved sakura (cherry blossom) flowers and wrapped in a cherry blossom leaf.

3. Inari Sushi

Sakura mochi, a traditional japanese sweet wrapped in cherry leaves, presented on a plate.

Inari Sushi consists of sushi rice enveloped in deep-fried, seasoned tofu skin. This simple yet delightful sushi variant requires only a handful of ingredients, making it perfect for a picnic lunch or as a delightful addition to your sushi dinner spread.

Stuck In Singapore?

Couple enjoys a serene hot spring with mount fuji and cherry blossoms in the background, promoting hanami festival.

Not to worry! You can still immerse yourself in the beauty of Sakura season right here at Ikeda Spa. Discover our exclusive Spring spa promotion inspired by Japan’s Hanami festival. Treat yourself to our sakura-inspired spa package, featuring a luxurious cherry blossom Onsen bath and soothing cherry blossom aromatherapy massages designed to hydrate and replenish your body, leaving your skin soft and nourished. To make your experience even more delightful, indulge in a complimentary serving of mochi and tea after your appointment!