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A symbol of Japanese history, cherry blossoms, or “sakura,” are a popular and much appreciated flower in Japan. The cherry blossom, representing rebirth, is the national flower of Japan. These transient pink flowers are a symbol of friendship and life, as well as a significant part of Japanese culture.
The cherry blossoms are in season in the spring. During this cherry blossom season, millions of tourists have come to Japan because of the cherry tree’s fame. The stunning cherry blossoms have served as an iconic national symbol throughout history and have served as an inspiration for several works of art. Sakura is thought of as a metaphor for life, serving as a gentle reminder to people of its transience. Because cherry blossoms have a limited lifespan, it is even more important to fully appreciate them. Sakura is much more than just a pretty flower in Japanese culture.
Pale pink flowers can be seen practically everywhere if you’re fortunate enough to visit Japan during the short blooming season. With stops for cultural sightseeing, this seven-day journey visits popular locations for sakura viewing in Osaka, Kyoto, and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. A dedicated cherry blossom trip by Tripfinder around Tokyo will finish out the schedule, including traditional far-off Mount Fuji photo spots.
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Day- 01 – Dubai to Japan: Arrive in Osaka
Welcome to the enchanting realm of Japan! Your immersive journey kicks off in the vibrant city of Osaka. You’ll be bestowed with an entire day to meander through the city at your leisure. Make sure to include the majestic Osaka Castle in your itinerary, a sight that beckons history enthusiasts. Another cultural gem is the Shitennoji Temple, which serves as a spiritual nucleus for the denizens of Osaka.
Yet Osaka’s allure extends beyond its historical sites. Immerse yourself in the lively ambiance of bustling markets, traverse the vibrant landscape of Dotombori, gaze upon the iconic Tsutenkaku Tower, delve into the wonders of the futuristic aquarium, and behold the grandeur of Abeno Harukas, reigning as the tallest building in all of Japan.
For those with a penchant for gastronomic delights, a pilgrimage to the Cup Noodles Museum in Osaka, Ikeda, is an absolute must. This unique institution pays homage to the artistry behind instant ramen, an integral part of Japanese culinary culture.
As the day winds down, savour the choice between contemporary or traditional Japanese cuisine during the evening. When the night falls, find repose at your Osaka hotel, where you’ll luxuriate not only tonight but also for the ensuing night. Allow the vibrant spirit of Osaka to weave its magic as you embark on this captivating exploration of Japanese culture and heritage.
Day- 02 – Sightseeing and Sample Street Food—Osaka Castle
Get an early start today and make sure your senses are alert to the delicate beauty of the light pink cherry blossoms that are gracing the city. Admire the dreamy beauty of these blossoming trees as you stroll through the streets; they will set the mood for an enchanted day in Osaka. Beyond the spectacular view, your trip will take you on a delicious street food tour to fully immerse you in Osaka’s culinary delights. Wander through the busy downtown streets, where mouthwatering flavours and scents fill the air. Savour the mouthwatering dishes from the Kansai area, which are a visual and gustatory feast.
Visit a local sake brewery to continue your gastronomic journey; there, the best rice wine in the area is waiting for your discriminating palate. Experience the craft of whisky-making with a tour and tasting at a local distillery, which will deepen your understanding of Japan’s extensive drinking culture.
Finish your day’s exploration in the stylish Dotonbori neighbourhood, a bustling centre full of amazing eateries, nightclubs, and karaoke joints. This neighbourhood is the standard choice for anyone looking for a fun and exciting night out in the centre of Osaka. Let Osaka’s beat lead you through this unique journey, where every turn offers a fresh perspective on the city’s charm and energy.
Day 03: Explore Beautiful Kyoto
Set out on a second day to visit Kyoto, the historically and culturally rich former capital of Japan. Experience the ageless allure of Fushimi Inari, possibly the most well-known shrine in Japan, which is graced with more than 10,000 charming crimson torii gates. These gates, as shown in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, are evidence of the thankfulness of Japanese people and companies for the favours they have received from the god Inari.
The enchantment of Inari seamlessly transitions into your next destination—a captivating traditional Japanese arts show. Witness a mesmerising performance by a maiko, a geisha in training, during this hour-long theatrical experience. Delight in the diverse talents of skilled artists, from ikebana (flower arrangers) to puppeteers, koto (Japanese harp players), and court musicians.
As the day unfolds, take a leisurely stroll through the lively streets of Pontocho in the evening. Nestled beside the Kamogawa River, this area boasts a plethora of restaurants and bars, creating a vibrant atmosphere. Alternatively, indulge in an intimate private dinner or tea ceremony with a geisha, immersing yourself in the elegance of Kyoto’s traditional hospitality.
Cap off your evening with a scenic walk back to your hotel, marvelling at the ethereal beauty of cherry blossoms illuminated by the night, creating a serene and unforgettable Kyoto experience.
Day 4: Forest Bathe in Arashiyama
On day three, take a trip to the peaceful oasis of Arashiyama. Enjoy beautiful views of the river and the verdant woodland as you start your day with a leisurely trip on an open-air train. (Please be aware that this train runs seasonally and isn’t accessible in the winter.) The journey continues as you ride a traditional Japanese boat through the Hozugawa River with grace. Against the backdrop of nature’s shifting colours—whether it’s the delicate white and pink cherry blossoms in March, the vivid green leaves of a warm summer in July, or the flaming colours of autumn trees in November—this experience, which is frequently the highlight of the trip, takes place.
Following the river escapade, embark on a guided tour of the area’s renowned landmarks. Tenryuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts one of Japan’s most enchanting and ancient landscape gardens. Adjacent to it lies the world-famous bamboo grove, a mystical realm that transports visitors into a different dimension. Explore further to discover the Nonomiya shrine and the Iwatayama Monkey Park, where playful macaques roam freely. For those in the mood for a leisurely walk, a charming temple adorned with hundreds of statues awaits. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find these Buddhist statues adorned with glasses and even carrying cellphones, providing a whimsical reflection of how modern life has subtly influenced spiritual practices.
Conclude your day in Arashiyama with a sense of tranquilly, having immersed yourself in the beauty of nature and the cultural treasures that define this picturesque region of Japan.
Day 5: See Cherry Blossoms Illuminated at Night at Odawara Castle
You’ll take a train to Hakone this morning, located west of Tokyo inside Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. This is a quiet and relaxing getaway known for its onsen, resorts, or traditional inns built around the region’s naturally occurring hot springs. If you’re weary from travel, you can go for a dip in the thermal waters on arrival. Or go out for a walk around Lake Ashi—a boat tour can be arranged on request—and look for Mount Fuji in the distance. Be sure to visit nearby Odawara Castle, which features over 300 cherry blossom trees that are illuminated by paper lanterns throughout the evening.
Day 6: See Mount Fuji and Cherry Blossoms Around Tokyo
Take a customised guided tour to Sumida Park, Tokyo, to witness the captivating splendour of the cherry blossoms. Allow your own guide to take you on a wonderful tour that captures the spirit of spring amid the scenic treasures around Tokyo. Start the day with a visit to Chureito Pagoda and Shiogama Shrine, two famous sites that make for the ideal setting for timeless pictures of Mount Fuji covered in beautiful cherry blossoms. At Maizuru Castle Park, you may extend your cherry blossom exploration and take in the breathtaking view of hundreds of cherry trees in full bloom. Visit Fuefukigawa Fruit Park for a fun-filled family outing. It provides a lovely setting for kids to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms.
The trip to Yamataka Jindai Sakura, the oldest cherry tree in Japan and estimated to be 2,000 years old, is the tour’s true highlight. Admire this ancient tree’s timeless beauty and historical significance, which will lend a magical touch to your cherry blossom viewing experience.
Discover hidden jewels and fresh viewpoints while you take in the fleeting allure of cherry blossoms in and around Tokyo with your friendly guide by your side. Treasure the recollections of this day, encapsulating the ephemeral beauty of spring in each photograph.
Day 7: Depart Japan—End of Trip
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Hotel. Check-out of the Hotel, Meet our driver who will escort you to the airport for your final departure. Fly Back home with the sweetest memories of Cherry Blossom special tour in Japan.