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2/8/2018 2:09:26 PM

Japan's cherry blossom season expected to arrive early this year

Japan's cherry blossom season is expected to arrive earlier than usual, according to a forecast by Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC).

Visitors stroll in a garden of cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tatebayashi, about 75km north of Tokyo on April 8th, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

The weather forecasting company last Thursday (February 1st) released its prediction of when the nation's iconic trees would begin blooming and reach full bloom.

The cherry blossoms are expected to start flowering on March 20th in Tokyo, six days earlier than usual, while reaching full bloom eight days later.

Kochi and Kagoshima prefectures can also expect the cherry blossoms to bloom on the same day.

Elsewhere, the cherry blossoms will start to flower on March 21st in Fukuoka, March 22nd in Nagoya and Nagasaki, March 26th in Osaka, March 27th in Kyoto and April 10th in Sendai.

The forecast for cherry blossom flowering in Japan. (Photo: Japan Meteorological Corporation)

However, most residents in the Hokkaido and Kinki region can expect the flowers to bloom around the same date as last year.

According to the forecast, the flowering and full bloom dates are dependent on the temperature patterns from the previous year's autumn.

"JMC estimates the flowering and full bloom dates for each area based on low temperatures during autumn and winter, cherry tree growth status, cumulative temperatures, and past data for each area," it added.

The company's forecast covers approximately 1,000 cherry blossom viewing locations from northern Hokkaido to southern Kagoshima./.

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