Japan’s cherry blossom 2023 forecast is out! Here are the main takeaways from the flowery report.

The much-anticipated season is one of the first without Covid restrictions in three years, so there is much to look forward to. Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) picnics are back.

Tokyo’s cherry trees are expected to be in full bloom by the end of March, according to the new 2023 Cherry Blossom Forecast, courtesy of the Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC). The forecast is based on predictions following the first blossoms (kaika) to the full bloom spectacle (mankai) in over 1,000 viewing spots from Hokkaido to Kagoshima.

The first bloom in Tokyo is estimated for March 22nd. The full bloom is expected to hit the capital at the very end of the month. Updates on estimated dates will be posted on the Otenki Navigator, as well as on the Sakura Navi app.

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