Since the official detailed cherry blossom forecast will only be out after our arrival in Japan (by Japan Meteorological Corporation), we’ve added a few cherry blossom itineraries, to each of the cities we’ll be staying during the blossom period, to increase the chance of catching the blossom. The latest update from them as of 23 February:
Forecasted flowering date: 4/5
Forecasted full bloom date: 4/10
All about Japan lists it’s top 3 blossom sites, with detailed information and pictures.
Visit Toyoma lists 15 blossom view site, with a small photo, brief description and direction for each site.
Forecasted flowering date: 4/9
Forecasted full bloom date: 4/14
The next likely place will be Nagano city, we’ll be there later at 16-19 Apr. If we missed Toyoma blossom and could afford at least half a day of blossoming, we would visit the Takato castle. It is featured in many top 10 Japan blossom spot travel website, but is also slightly out of the way, located south of Matsumoto about 90 mins away by JR rail to Inakita station then local bus to reach park entrance.
If time was tight when we’re in Nagano city during the blossom period, the Ueda castle is just 25 mins away by JR.
Go! Nagano features a dozen sites, with detailed information and bus schedule as of 2016.
This one a more detailed info and photos reported last year, Koboyama park & matsumoto castle
Japan-Guide lists 3 spots..