According to the Japan Weather Association, the cherry blossoms are expected to open at a relatively average pace in 2016 except in Kyushu where they are expected to open a little bit later than average. The blossoms are predicted to start opening in late March and reach full bloom around early April in many of Japan's major cities.
Below is a list of some of Japan's most popular cherry blossom spots with the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings:
Ratings: ◎ ◎ ◎ Best of the best! ◎ ◎ Best of Japan! ◎ Outstanding!