Trip reference number: 101985

Trip Operator: Wexas Travel

Japan Blossom Season

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Holiday overview

This tailor-made itinerary takes in some of Japan's main attractions including Tokyo, Hakone, Mount Fuji and Kyoto, as well affording the best opportunities to see the bloom at its best. Please note that demand is extremely high over this time and visits must be booked many months in advance of travel. Prices are far higher than the cost of visiting at other times of year - please contact us for a quotation based on what is available at the time of booking. 

When is the blossom season?

Typically, the peak is between the last week of March and the first few weeks of April. Although the precise date varies every year, you can usually expect to see strong signs from around 20th March, through until 21st April, although the weather and effects of the previous season can have an impact on the dates.

Where are the best places to see the cherry blossom season?

The most popular spots are undoubtedly Ueno Park and Shinjuku Park – both in Tokyo. Hundreds of trees line the gardens and, when in bloom, it is truly a magnificent sight.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1: Tokyo

Your adventures in Japan will begin when you're met upon arrival at Narita Airport by our representative. You'll then be transferred by a shared shuttle bus to your hotel. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, either relaxing or exploring Japan's vibrant capital city.

Stay: Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku (Standard) or Park Hotel (Superior)

Day 2: Tokyo

If you thought Tokyo was buzzing with life and excitement, then the cherry blossom season takes the atmosphere one step further. Today you'll have the services of a local guide at your disposal Ueno Park is one of the most popular places for Hanami (cherry blossom viewing party) in Tokyo. The park is awash with blossom and food stands allowing people to enjoy blossom to the fullest. Shinjuku Park in the heart of Tokyo has hundreds of cherry blossom trees to complement the beautiful gardens. From Asakusa, you may wish to take a boat trip down the Sumida river which is lined with cherry blossom and disembarking at the serene Hamrikyu Gardens for some more pink blossom.

Stay: Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku (Standard) or Park Hotel (Superior)

Breakfast included

Day 3: Tokyo

Tokyo is a fascinating city and today you have another full day to enjoy the myriad of sights, sounds and tastes it has to offer. However, you may like to take the opportunity of this free day to take a day trip to one of the many places of interested easily accessible from the capital using the included Japan Rail Pass.

The charming town of Kamakura lies just one hour to the west of Tokyo and can be reached by direct train from Tokyo Station. Kamakura was formally the capital of Japan for a short period in the 12th century and at that time was possibly the world’s largest city with a population of over one million. Today however, it is a sleepy coastal town which attracts large numbers of day trippers to spend time exploring the beautiful shrines and temples. The most famous site if the impressive bronze dai-butsu (Big Buddha) which is certainly a must-see for any trip to Kamakura. Kamkura is also a great place to admire the cherry blossom.

Stay: Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku (Standard) or Park Hotel (Superior)

Breakfast included

Day 4: Hakone

Travel to Odawara in the beautiful Hakone Region where you'll start using your Hakone Free Pass. The pass is valid for three days from today and entitles you to unlimited use of 6 different forms of transport in the Hakone region. These include the mountain buses and railway, one of the longest cable cars in Japan and a funicular railway as well as a pirate ship which cruises across Lake Ashi! These all criss-cross the region making it easy to explore and enjoy the surroundings as well as some of the many top quality art museums. The pass also gives you small discounts at many attractions in the area so be sure to show your pass when purchasing tickets. And of course, if you are lucky with the weather, you will be rewarded with stunning views of Mt. Fuji.

From Odawara Station you'll use your Hakone Free-Pass to take the bus up into the mountains of Hakone itself and on to your accommodation. The road twists and turns as you head higher passing through several small villages enroute. The scenery is stunning with the steep-sided tree covered mountains rising up on to left and right and the fast moving river tumbling down through the valley below.

Stay: Ichinoyu Honkan (Standard) or Mikawaya (Superior)

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 5: Hakone

Hakone is a beautiful national park area around 50 miles west of Tokyo and just to the south of Mt Fuji, Japan’s most sacred peak. The area consists of a handful of small villages and hamlets all connected by a variety of ocal transport, including buses, cable cars and a mountain railway that winds itself through the region’s hills and alleys. Hakone has plenty to see and do, from tasting eggs boiled in volcanic waters to taking a boat trip aross beautiful Lake Ashi.

The outdoor sculpture park and Picasso gallery is a great place to wander around for an afternoon. Or maybe just sit back and relax whilst soaking in one of the many therapeutic hot spring baths that Hakone is so famous for. The other main draw to this area is the proximity to Japan’s most sacred and iconic mountain, Fuji-san with its near perfect symmetrical form soaring skywards and towering over the surrounding hills. From Hakone you have one of the best chances of getting a view of Mt. Fuji from the various view points to be found throughout the area. However, be sure to have your camera at the ready; Fuji is notoriously shy and you do not want to miss that precious photo opportunity!

Stay: Ichinoyu Honkan (Standard) or Mikawaya (Superior)

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 6: Kyoto

After your time in Hakone you will use your Hakone Freepass to make the journey by bus down from the mountains to Odawara Station.

The journey from Odawara to Kyoto will see you racing down Japan’s eastern seaboard by Shinkansen and takes 2h10. If the weather is clear be sure to keep an eye open for Mt. Fuji which will be visible out of the windows of the right hand side of carriage shortly after you depart from Odawara. The mountain is notoriously shy though so a glimpse of Fuji-san can not be guaranteed!

Kyoto is one of the most culturally rich cities in Asia. Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and ...

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