The cherry blossom is synonymous with Japan and very much connected to the Japanese culture and identity. As winter fades and spring comes to Japan, the cherry blossom trees burst into bloom.
It is a time of new beginnings and renewal. A blanket of pink and white flowers magnificently envelope the country. This fairy tale-like backdrop is complemented by a festive and social atmosphere. The tradition of hanami – a picnic where friends, families and work colleagues meet under the cover of blossoms – has been around for centuries and is whole-heartedly still embraced by the Japanese people.
Generally the trees bloom from late March to mid-April, for several weeks only. With our 2017 dates almost sold out, we invite you to join us in 2018 and witness this beautiful phenomenon for yourself!
Andrea Barr, Japan Tailor-Made Specialist – Reservations Department
What do you love about Japan? I love the people and the culture. Even in the busy cities, the Japanese people are polite and thoughtful. The culture is very eclectic – from traditional temples, shrines and geisha to crazy pop culture like robot restaurants, cat cafes and the youth mecca of Harajuku. I like that Japan keeps you guessing!
Must see locations: Kyoto is my favourite city in Japan. In particular, wandering through the bright orange gates of the Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine and grounds of the Golden Pavilion should not be missed.
Favourite Japanese food? The food in Japan is an art-form in itself. If I had to choose one dish, I would say Saikyo Yaki, which is a miso-marinated fish (generally salmon).