The cherry blossom season has come or is coming to a close in many of Japan’s major cities, including Tokyo (missed the cherry blossoms in Tokyo?) and Kyoto (missed the cherry blossoms in Kyoto?). Meanwhile, the blossom front is moving into higher elevations and northwards into the Tohoku Region where the seasonal spectacle will continue for several more weeks.
Below are the actual and forecast dates of cherry trees opening their blossoms this year (according to the Japan Weather Association, except Yoshino which is according to Yoshino Town) and the estimated best viewing periods (estimated by japan-guide.com based on the aforementioned forecasts). Rain, wind and temperatures can have a strong effect on the process of the season, for example, they can accelerate, delay or shorten it considerably. Use the forecasts on your own risk.