Every February brings (at least) 2 great things related to traveling to Japan: The Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido and the first sakura (or cherry blossom) forecast for Japan. If you plan on visiting Japan during cherry blossom season, head over to the Japanese National Tourism Organization (JNTO) site for some great information.
Like the with the weather, predicting when the cherry blossom trees will be in full bloom is not 100% accurate, but usually it is within a few days. Once the cherry blossoms are out, typically they can about a week or so, depending on the type of cherry blossom tree, size, location and weather during bloom. After the sakura start to bloom, one strong windy and rainy day can shorten the length the cherry trees are in “full bloom.” In any case, check out this graphic from the JNTO website or if you can read Japanse, you can go to tenki.jp directly where the JNTO gets their forecast.
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Can’t make it to Japan to see the cherry blossoms? For information about the cherry blossom forecast in Washington DC, here is a great place to get some information about the cherry blossom trees there.