Korea’s and Japan’s Cherry Blossoms 2018 Forecast: When & Where to Catch Them?

Korea’s and Japan’s Cherry Blossoms 2018 Forecast: When & Where to Catch Them?

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Here’s a handy cheat sheet for the best places and dates to catch the gorgeous sakura in full bloom around Korea!

There’s only a short window in the entire year when one will be able to experience the magical feeling of being blanketed with pastel pink blossoms in Korea.

Yes, cherry blossom season will be back soon and if you want to catch it, it’s best to start planning your trip now!

korea cherry blossoms 2018

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Based on the blooming season timings in 2017, here’s our guide on where and when to catch the cherry blossoms in Korea for 2018:

Disclaimer: These dates are rough estimates. With the ever-changing weather patterns, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact full bloom dates. This forecast nonetheless serves as a very close guide and we’ll be updating it when we have more information.

 

🌸 Seoul: 6 to 13 April 🌸

Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, Yeouiseo-ro Street

korea cherry blossoms 2018

Image credit: Republic of Korea

korea cherry blossoms 2018

Image credit: Republic of Korea

Where better to catch the first glimpse of these beautiful flowers than in Seoul, the capital of Korea? Check out the Yeouido Flower Festival which is famous for its celebration of 1,886 Korean cherry trees. Get ready to feast your eyes at all the delicate sakura blooms during the cherry blossom season!

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

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The area surrounding Seokchon Lake also transforms into a wonderful springtime scene where cherry blossoms line the course of the lake. How gorgeous is that?

Other places to spot cherry blossoms include: Outside Kyung Hee University, Seoul Forest, Seoul Grand Park and outside the five grand palaces in Seoul (Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Unhyeongung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace)

 

🌸 Jeju Island: 23 to 30 March 🌸

Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival, Seogwipo

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Jeju Island is famous for its fresh seafood, golden beaches and volcanic landscapes but come sakura season, visitors flock here to witness a visual spectacle as the island takes on a soft pink hue.

Late March to early April will also see Jeju island covered in yellow canola flowers, so don’t miss out on their canola flower festivals as well when you’re there!

 

🌸 Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do: 26 March to 2 April 🌸

Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival, Jinhae

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Known for its iconic cherry trees that cluster around the southern port of Jinhae, the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival celebrates the delicate blooms and the arrival of spring from mid March to early April. Snap a photo at the Romance Bridge over Yeojwacheon stream for the ‘gram and watch your friends swoon with envy.

Other places to spot cherry blossoms include: Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival,

Gyeonghwa Station, Jungwon Rotary, Ecological park in Naesu-myeon, Jehwangsan Park and Korea Naval Academy

 

🌸 Gwangju: 29 March to 5 April 🌸

Bamboo Forest, Juknokwon

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From late March to early April, Gwangju will be the perfect place to visit as you can slowly meander through its Juknokwon Bamboo Forest – made even more scenic with bursts of silky pink and white flowers.

Other places to spot cherry blossoms include: Outside Gwangju National Museum, Sajik Park (great for a night walk as light displays are often installed in the trees)

 

🌸 Daegu: 26 March to 2 April 🌸

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There are many lovely cherry blossom spots in Daegu! Do check out the area outside Yongyeonsa Temple Cherry Blossom Street or take a stroll along the blossom-lined pathways of Suseong Lake!

Other places to spot cherry blossoms include: Seongseo Campus of Keimyung University, Duryu Park and Jijeo-dong Cherry Blossom Tunnel

 

🌸 Gyeongju: Early April 🌸

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon (7 April)

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Fancy running a marathon with an unbeatable view? The Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon is held every year without fail, coinciding with the blooming period of gorgeous cherry blossoms. The route goes past Bomunho Lake, where runners can run through cherry blossom-lined paths. Other runs include 10km and 5km running events. You can find out more on the marathon here.

Other places to spot cherry blossoms include: Areas of Dongbu Historic Site & Bomun Tourist Complex, Bomun Lakeside Stage

 

🌸 Jeolla Province: Late March to Early April 🌸

Seomjingang Riverside Cherry Flower Festival

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Image credit: Jonniesdough

Held along the banks of Seomjingang River, the Seomjingang Riverside Cherry Flower Festival welcomes the sakura blooms with a myriad of exciting activities that include traditional drum performances, a paragliding contest, puzzle games, flower art and face painting.

Other places to spot cherry blossoms include: Wolmyeong Dong Park, Boseong Daewonsa Temple, Seomjingang Cherry Blossom Road, Hwagae Market, Ssanggyesa Temple

 

🌸 Gangwon-do: Early April to Mid April 🌸

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The Gyeongpodae Cherry Blossom Festival takes place at the Gyeongpodae Pavilion and lake.

Surrounded by a 4.3km path of blooming cherry trees, the Gyeongpoho Lake will definitely be a sight to behold, rendering visitors speechless at the view.

Other places to spot cherry blossoms include: Nami Island

 

🌸 Incheon: 9 to 15 April 🌸

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Come sakura season in Incheon, Incheon Grand Park Cherry Blossom Festival will take place. This is when the cherry trees in Incheon Grand Park will be filled with pretty pastel flowers and the largest park in Incheon will be covered in a pastel pink hue.

Other places to spot cherry blossoms include: Jayu Park

Ready to chase those sakura? Don’t forget to plan your trip closely to these estimates in order to get the best chances for a sakura sighting! Remember to bring along your cameras too, because it’s time to snap away at some of the prettiest scenes you’ll ever see!

 

JAPAN

Cherry blossom season is affected by the year’s weather, and usually starts in late March in Tokyo. Here is the cherry blossom forecast for 2018, based on latest regional blossom forecasts!

Cherry blossoms or sakura are the symbol of springtime in Japan. Every year around February, you’ll start to see TV programs and web magazines giving out information about when the cherry blossoms will be in bloom.

Japan's Cherry Blossoms In 2018 - Forecast And Best Spots!

Cherry blossom forecast for 2018. Data provided by Weathernews.com

Generally, the cherry blossom trees will bloom in order – they first appear in the warm climate of southern Japan and make their way to the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo, then up to Tohoku in the north, and finally to Hokkaido. Since cherry blossoms typically only stay on the trees for around ten days, or two weeks at most, everyone in Japan checks the cherry blossom forecast in springtime. That way, they can enjoy the cherry blossom season at its peak.

We’ve compiled a list of the forecasts for 2016 and 2017, and added the estimated bloom dates for 2018 so take a look at this beforehand if you plan to spend some time amidst the cherry blossoms this spring.

Please note that it takes a few days until the sakura go into full bloom. Depending on the region and the temperature conditions, it can take from five to ten days. After the full bloom, the cherry blossom will begin to scatter.

 

 

Okinawa: The Earliest Cherry Blossoms Bloom Here in January

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Okinawa’s cherry blossom season is the earliest in Japan, starting in mid-January, so there are cherry blossom festivals and the like in early February to celebrate the flowers. The season was right on schedule in 2017, but started late in 2016. If you plan to check out the flowers on a trip to Okinawa, check the cherry blossom forecast ahead of time.

2016: First day of blossoms 1/21 Full bloom 2/12
2017: First day of blossoms 1/14 Full bloom 2/7
2018: First day of blossoms 1/10

 

Kagoshima (Kyushu): Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

Sakurajima in Bloom Photo courtesy of: Public Interest Incorporated Association, The Kagoshima Prefectural Sightseeing Union

2016: First day of blossoms 3/27 Full bloom 4/6
2017: First day of blossoms 3/30 Full bloom 4/8
2018: First day of blossoms – 3/19 (estimated day)

It’s normal for the cherry blossoms in Kyushu, with the region’s warm climate, to bloom earlier than those in Tokyo. The cherry blossom season in Kagoshima, the southernmost part of Kyushu, starts around late March in an average year.

This can vary in some years, however. Due to the mild winter of 2015, parts of Kyushu, including Kagoshima, are prognosticated to have slightly-later cherry blossom seasons.

 

Fukuoka (Kyushu): Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

Fukuoka Maizuru Park Photo courtesy of: the City of Fukuoka

2016: First day of blossoms 3/19 Full bloom 3/30
2017: First day of blossoms 3/25 Full bloom 4/4
2018: First day of blossoms – 3/18 (estimated day)

In temperate Kyushu, there are slight differences between regions, but Fukuoka’s cherry blossom season is also earlier than that of Kanto. It took a slightly longer time for the flowers to fully bloom in 2016.

 

Hiroshima – Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

2016: First day of blossoms 3/23 Full bloom 4/2
2017: First day of blossoms 3/28 Full bloom 4/5
2018: First day of blossoms – 3/23 (estimated day)

In the Chugoku region, which includes Hiroshima, the season will start slightly later than in Tokyo.

Kyoto – Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

Night Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto’s Famous Maruyama Park Photo courtesy of: JAPAN LIBRARY© Y.Shimizu/© JNTO

2016: First day of blossoms 3/23 Full bloom 4/2
2017: First day of blossoms 3/29 Full bloom 4/6
2018: First day of blossoms – 3/22 (estimated day)

The ancient city of Kyoto bustles with tourist activity during cherry blossom season. The sight of ancient buildings, set against a backdrop of cherry blossom trees, is a landscape that can only be witnessed in Japan.

Osaka – Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

Osaka’s Okawa Cherry Blossoms Photo courtesy of: ©Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

2016: First day of blossoms 3/23 Full bloom 4/1
2017: First day of blossoms 3/29 Full bloom 4/6
2018: First day of blossoms – 3/20 (estimated day)

The cherry blossom season in Osaka has seen a rapid upswing in popularity and begins around the same time as Kyoto.

Nagoya – Cherry blossoms start in late March

Nagoya City’s Agriculture Center Cherry Blossoms Photo courtesy of: JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY ©Nagoya Convention & Visitors Bureau/©JNTO

2016: First day of blossoms 3/19 Full bloom 3/31
2017: First day of blossoms 3/26 Full bloom 4/4
2018: First day of blossoms – 3/19 (estimated day)

Often, the timing for the season in Nagoya is about the same as in Osaka and Kyoto.

Tokyo: Cherry Blossoms Start from Late March

Tokyo Megurogawa Arched Bridge Photo courtesy of: Meguro Tourism Association

2016: First day of blossoms 3/21 Full bloom 3/31
2017: First day of blossoms 3/26 Full bloom 4/2
2018: First day of blossoms – 3/19 (estimated day)

Tokyo’s cherry blossom season starts from late March. It is common to enjoy the flowers at a place near a train station, and areas like parks, river banks, and gardens will be crowded with people on the weekends.

Sendai – Cherry Blossoms Start from Early April

Miyagi’s Matsushima Bay and Cherry Blossoms Photo courtesy of Miyagi Tourism Department

2016: First day of blossoms 4/1 Full bloom 4/6
2017 First day of blossoms 4/9 Full bloom 4/14
2018: First day of blossoms – 4/6 (estimated day)

The cherry blossoms in the Tohoku region, and Sendai, tend to bloom later compared to places like Tokyo. You can check them out along with the rich natural scenery. In the spring, koi-nobori, or carp banners, can be seen flying alongside the cherry blossoms in the parts of Tohoku outside of Sendai

You can check the cherry blossom forecasts for other cities at this site (Japanese). Note that it’s still going to be pretty cold in the evening, even with the wonderful scenery, so dress warm when you go to see the flowers.

Hokkaido (Sapporo) – Cherry Blossoms Start from May

Cherry Blossom Tunnel at Hokkaido’s Matsumae Park Photo courtesy of: Matsumae Tourism Association

2016: First day of blossoms 4/25 Full bloom 5/1
2017: First day of blossoms 4/28 Full bloom 5/3
2018: First day of blossoms – 4/30 (estimated day)

Hokkaido is the northernmost region of Japan and has the latest cherry blossom season. From the end of April, you can enjoy the refreshing sight of rows of cherry blossom trees, stretching across vast grassy fields for what seems like an eternity.

 

[ source: tripzilla.commatcha-jp.com]

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