Just in case you're planning to come to see the cherry blossoms this year...here is a forecast that came out on January 23rd. (click on the photo to see a bigger version)
I subtitled the cities and the dates are written underneath. For Sapporo, Niigata and Sendai, they haven't come up with a date yet.
Even though the days are still quite cold, Spring is coming...whoo!
Have a nice weekend!