Planning on visiting Japan in the Springtime? But unsure of where to go and what to expect? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do and see in Japan during Spring!
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Although the weather might be getting warmer in Spring, the mountains of the Nagano and Toyama prefectures are still rigid and covered in snow, meaning that if you’re looking for scenic views of snow-capped peaks, then the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is one to try. Find yourself trekking and admiring the 20 metres-tall walls of snow and magnificent views of picturesque lakes, rivers, and villages.
Japanese Cherry Blossom (Sakura)
It goes without saying that viewing cherry blossoms is a popular reason why many people tend to visit Japan in Spring. In fact, it’s a traditional custom in Japan itself called hanami. So, if you’re wondering where to go to, here are the top places with beautiful cherry blossom blooms:
- Yoshino, Kansai
- Himeji Castle, Kansai
- Ueno Park, Tokyo
- Maruyama Park, Kyoto
- Hirosaki Castle, Tohoku
- Mastumae Park, Hokkaido
Wisteria Flowers (Fuji) at Ashikaga Flower Park
Although cherry blossom trees are certainly a wonderful sight to see, don’t forget the other types of flowers that are in bloom during Springtime as well. One example is the fuji or wisteria flowers that can be seen at Ashikaga Flower Park, that hang overhead and are illuminated during the evening. Did you know that one of the wisteria trees at the park is 160 years old? If you do find yourself here, you should definitely try the street food offered – including wisteria-flavoured desserts!
Not afraid of heights? Then you’ll certainly want to visit Unkai Terrace, part of Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in Hokkaido. First, take a gondola ride up from Hoshino Resorts Tomamu to Unkai Terrace for magnificent views at 1,088 metres high. In Japanese, unkai means ‘sea of clouds’ and this is proven once you reach the terrace where the clouds suddenly surround you. It’s worth noting that the temperatures at the top are cold, regardless of whether it’s Spring or Summer, so make sure that you wear appropriate clothing for a trip to Unkai Terrace.
Japanese Springtime is full of festivals and celebrations that you can participate in too! There are many festivals that happen during this season, but keep an eye out for the following:
- Inuyama Festival
- Takayama Spring Festival
- Kanda Matsuri
- Earth Day Tokyo
- Sanja Matsuri
Remember that the dates of these festivals can vary from year to year, so make sure that you check when they’re happening.
Keep in mind…
However, it’s important to note that Golden Week, a Japanese national holiday, occurs during Spring. You’ll find that the streets will be livelier and busier as both children and employees are on holiday. This also means that travel prices during this time skyrocket – so make sure that you plan your dates in advance.
If you’d like to explore various areas of Japan, it might be worth looking into Silversea cruises for a grand experience of several Japanese cities instead of traversing across Japan yourself.