2010桜の開花予想

Spring is in the northern air and the year long wait for the sakura is about to end! Excitement is  in the air as everyone awaits the annual celebration [getting drunk] with a group of friends on blue tarpaulins under the sakura trees, otherwise known as hanami (花見)!

In the latest forecast chart (March 10) by the Japan Weather Association, the blossoms are expected to open in the next few days in southern Japan and ending in mid-May in Hokkaido.

As a result of warmer autumn temperatures this year, the sakura bloom in some parts of western and eastern Japan will begin up to ten days earlier than usual. Northern Japan should see sakura blooms around the average expected time.

Here are the latest city forecasts for the first blooms of sakura:

  • 福岡 (Fukuoka): March 14
  • 鹿児島 (Kagoshima): March 23
  • 広島 (Hiroshima): March 20
  • 大阪 (Osaka): March 23
  • 京都 (Kyoto): March 22
  • 和歌山 (Wakayama): March 19
  • 名古屋 (Nagoya): March 20
  • 岐阜 (Gifu): March 21
  • 東京 (Tokyo): March 21
  • 横浜 (Yokohama): March 22
  • 青森 (Aomori): April 23
  • 函館 (Hakodate): May 1
  • 札幌 (Sapporo): May 3
  • 旭川 (Asahikawa): May 6
  • 稚内 (Wakkanai): May 16
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