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When to travel to Japan? It is a question that is often asked and the answer is any time. The question you should be asking is what season do I enjoy the most? Many people base their answer on a flower they enjoy or saw a picture that looks amazing of the place. Some have an event they must attend no matter what and schedule their entire trip around it. Also some seasons brings out the best is certain regions that will be worth the time. Japan is a place that has something going on all year round that will attract visitors to various areas. | View more
Spring is extremely popular as it is the time when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. In addition to the flowers that have been made famous worldwide there are festivals that feature the cherry blossoms. Let us not forget about the souvenirs and limited edition flavors released only around that time. Summer is a humid time to go, but there are so many festivals happening during the season that it would be a shame to not go. During the day it may be humid, but at night it is pleasant enough that it would not ruin the festivities. Each region has their unique major festival to attend. Autumn is when all the nature around the nation is covered in fall colors. The fall colored leaves add this extra beauty to the surrounding areas that it leaves a deep impression. Winter is one of coldest times to go, but all the snow related activities come to life. Not only is snowboarding and skiing must do activity there are tons of winter festivals. Then in areas where snow is not abundant there are illuminations that bring a world draped in lights.
There are popular seasons to go and Japan will be crowded with people from all over the world. Holidays flood the streets with not only visitors, but natives as well. During those times there usually is something special going on like an event. The key thing to remember when you are choosing a time to go is finding out what it is that you want to get out of your trip. Take into consideration the weather, climate and region to help you narrow down the season that best suits you or is tolerable enough to go. Regardless of the season there will be something happening in the country that will not disappoint any traveler.
Spring season in Japan lasts from March to May. It is a popular season to see the cherry blossom in bloom all over the country. There are the famous places to see them like Ueno Park in Tokyo or Kiyomizudera in Kyoto, but it is not the only plant blooming in the season. There is the wisteria, also known as fuji in Japanese, that blooms around the beginning of May. The Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens is worth the trip to see the flower. It is a sight that will leave people breathless. Let us not forget the Fuji Shibazakura Festival by the Fuji Five Lakes. It is a festival where millions of bright colored moss phlox are in season and are arranged in a beautiful way. Imagine seeing this field with the majestic Mount Fuji in the background. It is also a time when azaleas are in season too and can be seen at the Mifuneyama Rakuen. There are also a few festivals that happen around this time that attract thousands of people. The Takayama Spring Festival has elegant and elaborate yatai (floats) parading around the town. It is a sight that makes you appreciate the hundreds of years of craftsmanship put into these floats. Another festival that keeps alive historical times is the Kyoto Aoi Festival. The festival has a procession where 500 people are dressed in clothes based on the Heian Period (794-1185). There are plenty of places to see and go around the season for people who like the spring season.
Cherry blossoms are considered the national flower and have been the center for many pieces of artwork in Japan. The flower can also be seen on one of the sides of the 100 yen. The cherry blossoms are not only popular with the natives, but with foreigners too.
Mifuneyama Rakuen is a park in Saga Prefecture and covers 150,000 squares meters. It is best to visit this place in the spring time when the cherry blossoms and azaleas are in full bloom. It is a colorful sight to behold that will leave anyone in awe.
Ueno Park is one of the most popular and crowded spots during the cherry blossom season in Tokyo. It is known for the 1000 cherry blossom trees lined up on the road to the main entrance.
Takato Castle Ruins Park is known as one of the top three places to see cherry blossoms alongside Hirosaki Castle and Yoshinoyama. There are about 1,500 cherry blossoms planted all over the castle ruins.
Maruyama Park is a public park that becomes a popular spot for cherry blossom hanami (flower viewing) in April. It is located next to the Yasaka Shrine in the south eastern part of Kyoto.
Miyako Odori is a special performance that can only be seen in spring when the cherry blossoms are in season. For one month (April 1st-30th) people can enjoy a dance performance by maiko and geisha. It is a performance that has been around for more than 100 years.
Takayama Spring Festival is annually held on April 14th and 15th. It is considered one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. The yatai (floats) embody the hundreds of years of craftsmanship in the Takayama area and rivals the Yomeimon Gate of the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko.
The Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens is covered with the trellises of the flower. Different colored wisteria hang from the tunnel giving it a rainbow look as you continue through the area. At the end you will be greeted with 100 year old wisteria trees.
The Great Wisteria in Ashikaga Flower Park is over 150 years old. It is so large that it covers over 1000 square meters, which is over 600 tatami mats. The branches are supported by many beams in order compensate for the weight of the vines when the flower is in season.
Fuji Shibazakura Festival is located three kilometers from Lake Motosuko. It is a festival that lasts for more than one month and features over 800,000 moss phlox flowers.
The Kyoto Aoi Festival is one of the most famous festivals in the city. It is annually held on May 15 and is the festival of the two Kamo Shrines. The Kyoto Aoi Festival recreates a procession of officials who are delivering a message from the Emperor to the shrines.
Cherry Blossoms in Tohoku usually start blooming around mid-April to early May depending on which area you are looking at.
Hokkaido is the last area where cherry blossoms bloom. The season usually begins in early to mid-May.
Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival is held from the end of April to late May. The cherry blossom festival is held at Matsumae Park.
There are two festivals in Hokkaido that celebrates the beautiful shibazakura flowers called the Shibazakura Festival. Both the Takinoue Park and the Higashimokoto Park in Hokkaido celebrates the shibazakura and holds a festival dedicated to the flower every year.