If you are planning to travel this month, we have the perfect location for you: definitely your dream destination, especially at this time of the year.
Cherry blossom season in Japan is an experience never to be missed. The season usually begins by the end of March and lasts until May. In some cities, people are currently witnessing breathtaking views of the cherry blossoms, but it’s not over, because in many other cities the phenomenon hasn’t happened yet, so you might be on time to witness such beauty. You can never predict the right dates, because it depends on the weather.
Cherry blossom season is the peak tourist season in Japan and many foreigners, even Japanese tend to travel to specific places only for this reason. For example, Aomori is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in late April and early May. If you happen to be in Aomori at that time, you will have the chance to go on a boat ride at Hirosaki Park where you will be surrounded by tunnels of trees in fully blossom. Did we convince you already?
So, put Japan on your radar and choose the places you want to visit, because it will be such an amazing experience to get in touch with another culture that has its own customs and traditions.
See below the best places to visit in Japan according to U.S. News Travel:
“Animated” is perhaps the best word to describe Tokyo. Crazy about its anime, Japan’s mega city is constantly buzzing with movement – feet clacking down sidewalks, cars zooming along streets, subway trains humming below ground, ships cruising in and out. And yet bright lights and loud signs beg you to pause, to break your motion for just one second to pray (oops, we mean pay) at the altar of consumerism. This is a city that feeds on motion and progress.
But when you want to stop in Tokyo, the city will certainly make it worth your while. The tech-savvy locals may whizz past the monuments and urban parks daily (except during the cherry blossom season when everyone floods the green space), but, we assure you, the museums and historical sites are world-class.
Cherry blossom petals caught on a breeze, the burble of a water fountain permeating the silence of a peaceful rock garden, a pair of elegantly dressed geisha flitting between wooden tea houses … Kyoto is the Japan of the past, the Japan of your imagination. Standing as Japan’s capital from A.D. 794 to 1868, Kyoto has thrived as a hub for Japanese culture, art and education. Given the city’s respect for its history, it’s not surprising that millions of people visit Kyoto each year for a snapshot of imperial Japan.
But no matter where you point your lens, modern-day Japan is sure to make it into the frame. Centuries-old Shinto shrines and pagodas share the city with the headquarters of companies like Nintendo and electronics manufacturer Kyocera. Kyoto’s blend of ancient and contemporary makes it a vibrant city that certainly isn’t stuck in the past.
Located on the Kyushu Island, Fukuoka offers travelers a mix of urban sprawl, sandy coastlines and ancient temples and shrines. Can’t-miss sights include Tocho-ji, the largest sitting wooden Buddha in the country, and Nokonoshima Island, which is home to flower fields and beautiful views of the surrounding bay. The area is also known for incredible ramen, so be sure to grab a bite at one of Fukuoka’s many food stalls.
Situated about an hour south of Kyoto, this port city is worth a visit for its food alone. The city’s most famous dish, the tasty pancake-like okonomiyaki, is made with flour, eggs, cabbage, your choice of protein and a savory sauce or mayo. After you’ve gotten your fill of the delectable local cuisine, stroll the flashy Dotonbori neighborhood, check out the 16th-century Osaka Castle or head to modern sights like Universal Studios Japan and the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.
Americans might only associate the name Nagasaki with the dropping of the second atomic bomb during World War II, and today this northwestern city pays homage to the devastation with sights like Nagasaki Peace Park and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. In addition to historical sites, you’ll find fun outdoor attractions including Glover Garden and Mount Inasa, which features panoramic views of Nagasaki.