Japan for all seasons Japan is a country that can be enjoyed year round; here is our guide to what is happening when, to help you decide what time of year you’d like to experience it.
CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON For centuries the cherry blossoms have been an inspiration for poetry writing and painting pictures amongst the Japanese, they even have a dedicated word for going out to fields and parks to appreciate it – ‘hanami’ which literally translates as ‘looking at flowers’. When you gaze on the sea of soft pink flowers it’s easy to see why both they and many international visitors are so enamoured. Starting in late January in the sub-tropical south, the blossoms sweep up the country, reaching Tokyo and Kyoto in the first two weeks of April, though this can vary due to the weather. In the two weeks after they first bloom, locals and visitors alike stroll, sit and picnic beneath the laden boughs, but we particularly like to enjoy them lit up by lanterns at twilight. Cherry blossom season is extremely popular and our tours often sell out a long way in advance. If you want to travel during this period, make sure you book early!
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