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Springtime in JapanCome for the cherry blossoms… stay for the rest!



Let the beauty of Japan in the spring overwhelm your senses… here are our top four places to see the cherry blossoms in Japan!


There's nothing like the Land of the Rising Sun, especially in the springtime! Japan in spring

is an absolute dream because this is when the cherry blossoms come out to play. But while the sakura (that's “cherry blossoms” to you and me) steal the spotlight, there's a whole world of wonders waiting to be discovered beyond the blooms. 

 

Tokyo

 

Ueno Park's Cherry Blossom Festival:

In Tokyo, the cherry blossom main event is Ueno Park's Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the country's largest and most celebrated events during the sakura season. With over a thousand cherry trees in full bloom, the park becomes a kaleidoscope of pink petals and jubilant crowds. The festival, also known as Ueno Sakura Matsuri, is a must-visit for those seeking an authentic hanami (“flower viewing”) experience. Enjoy hanami parties with locals and fellow travelers, sampling traditional tasty Japanese snacks and drinks under the blooming cherry trees. 

 

Beyond the Blossoms:

Tokyo is like another planet, something you need to see to believe. Visit the historic Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, marvel at the wild fashion in the Harajuku district, or lose yourself in the electronic wonderland of Akihabara. Take part in a traditional tea ceremony or learn about modern anime culture. One thing's for sure – you'll never be bored in Tokyo!

 

Kyoto

 

Hanami in the Gion District:

Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan, is a more peaceful location for cherry blossom viewing compared to Tokyo. Amidst the ancient temples and traditional machiya houses (traditional wooden houses), the Gion District of Kyoto stands out as a prime spot for hanami. Take a stroll along the charming streets lined with cherry trees, and if you're lucky, you might spot a geisha gracefully gliding by. But the magic doesn't stop there...

 

Beyond the Blossoms: 

If you're feeling fit, visit Fushimi Inari shrine and hike through the iconic orange torii gates. Dive into Kyoto's rich history with a visit to Gion's historic tea houses, traditional shops, and hidden alleys. Join a walking tour and learn more about Gion's most famous residents, the geisha.

 

Hirosaki

 

Cherry Blossom Cruise:

For something a bit different, experience the magic of cherry blossoms from the water on a cruise in Hirosaki. Picture yourself serenely drifting along, surrounded by delicate cherry blossoms in full bloom. The castle's moat transforms into a blooming spectacle, and a cruise gives you a chance to rest your feet as you admire the stunning petals gently floating by on the water. 

 

Beyond the Blooms:

After your cruise, be sure to explore the expansive Hirosaki Castle Park. The park boasts over 2,500 cherry trees, creating a fairy-tale landscape. The stunning castle itself was built over 400 years ago – and how many people get to brag that they've been to an ancient Japanese castle! 

 

Hakuba

 

Spring Skiing Amidst Sakura:

For those seeking an adrenaline rush amidst the blossoms, Hakuba offers an unexpected twist to your cherry blossom adventures. Nestled in the Japanese Alps, this resort town allows you to hit the slopes while being surrounded by cherry blossoms. Imagine the thrill of skiing against a backdrop of pink petals (and picture how gorgeous it'll look on your Instagram). It's the best part of winter and spring combined!

 

Beyond the Blossoms:

After a day on the slopes, unwind in a traditional onsen (hot spring) to rejuvenate both body and soul. If you're feeling thirsty, visit one of Hakuba's oldest sake breweries, Ichinoya, for a sake tasting with traditional Japanese lunch. (Go easy on the sake…it goes down easy and packs a punch!)

 

Japan in spring is like a watercolor painting – dreaming, vibrant, and slightly surreal. And while the cherry blossoms might steal the spotlight initially, be sure to indulge in everything else that Japan graciously offers during this magical season. And if you need a hand planning your perfect sakura getaway, we are more than happy to help!

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