26 February 2019
Easter this year falls in the third week of April, when the temperature in Tokyo should reach around 20 degrees, and the climate will feel like a warm summer in the UK. The country is fresh and green, with various beautiful flowers in full bloom, making it an ideal time to visit. Here are just a few of our favourite things to see and do in the springtime in Japan.
“Japan is my favourite country because it has a wonderfully rich history, interesting culture and great food. Add to your experience by staying in a Ryokan, which is a traditional Japanese style guesthouse, and don’t pass up the opportunity to try their famous drink, Sake, made from rice water.”
Wayne, Travel Counsellor
Spring is undoubtedly one of the most popular times to visit Japan, with the world-famous cherry blossom spreading across the land. Since ancient times, cherry blossoms have captivated the hearts of the Japanese people and tourists alike. Watch as the famous trees erupt into a canvas of colour – and see the pastel pink blooms of the sakura for yourself this springtime.
TC tip: Enjoy cherry blossom season even more with the Japanese tradition of Hanami – where friends and families sit together underneath a blooming cherry blossom tree to enjoy a picnic.
A huge percentage of Japan is made up of mountains, which is fantastic for any keen climbers and hikers. Tokyo itself is home to the 1,965-foot Mount Takao, which is just a one-hour car ride from the city centre. From the summit, you can see a chain of stunning high-rise buildings on the skyline and getting the view from the top is well worth the effort.
For thrill seekers, how about challenging the mighty Mount Fuji? A World Heritage site with a height of 12,388 feet, this is undoubtedly one of Japan’s most renowned experiences. Climbing this majestic peak will take the average person between five and seven hours, with another three to five hours to make the descent. The official climbing season here does run from early July to mid-September, when the mountain is usually free of snow, the weather is relatively mild, access by public transportation is easy and the mountain huts are operating.
Japan is also the perfect place to get involved with a whole host of outdoor activities. Head to the beautiful Shimanami Kaido, near Hiroshima and cycle the 37-mile-long toll road that connects the main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku. Passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea, this is perhaps one of the country’s most scenic routes.
If you prefer to trek, lace up your hiking boots and follow in the footsteps of the ancients on the Nakasendo Way in Nagano. This 332-mile route traditionally linked Nara and Kyoto, and was travelled by feudal lords, samurai and merchants between the 17th and 19th centuries.
Home to volcanic national parks and fragrant flower fields, Hokkaido is one of Japan’s lesser-explored islands. It’s also the perfect place to get involved with some outdoor pursuits. From thrilling white water rafting to a more leisurely paddle downstream, Hokkaido’s crystal-clear waters offer the ideal environment for daytime activities and watersports.
If lounging on blissful beaches is more your thing, then you won’t want to miss Japan’s sub-tropical islands off Okinawa in the south. Resting in the same latitude as world-famous beach havens such as Hawaii, Florida and the Bahamas, this island paradise is not as well known by travellers, making it a heavenly hidden gem for sun seekers.
Okinawa’s idyllic sub-tropical climate is home to an abundance of banyan, hibiscus, papaya, pineapple and other lush flora. Natural wonders don’t stop there, as the coral reefs that glisten beneath the surface of Okinawa’s clear waters are teeming with a whole host of colourful fish, making snorkelling and diving here an absolute must.
If you’re ready to discover the beautiful and diverse country of Japan for yourself, contact your Travel Counsellor today to book your springtime stay.