Where are the cherry trees blooming in Japan? My problem is that I cannot find out when the cherry trees are blooming in Japan. I have searched the internet and cannot find when the cherry trees are blooming in Japan.
So it'll depend a little on WHERE in Japan you want to go, as due to climate conditions, they bloom at slightly different times.
A regularly updated forecast for this year can be found in a nice chart online:
The same page includes the average bloom times for each location in another chart below.
The blossoms may start in April, but they're often at their best during the 'Golden week'.
The majority of Japan's major cities (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Fukuoka etc) are located on the half of the country that faces the Pacific Ocean. The climate in most these areas is similar and so most tend to hit full bloom around the first weekend of April. You can see them coming into full bloom for about a week before this date, and losing their blossoms over the course of the week after this date.
This year will likely be no exception, if you're going up to Tohoku or Hokkaido though they will be later (a couple of weeks to a month, as stated above).
Source: 8 years of living in Japan and loving cherry blossom season!