Adorn Your Japanese Journey With Flowers[Special Extra]

For example, in spring they can take a stroll to see flowers. Decide your favorite theme

Are you familiar with the expression “hanami”? In any given year, from late March through May, the blossoming of the cherry blossoms spreads throughout Japan starting from the south and heading north. They are an indispensable pleasure for the springtime in Japan.

During spring in Japan, in addition to the cherry blossoms, there are many more varieties of flowers that blossom, and the famous places nationwide where flowers grow charm many visitors. We introduce below some famous spots where flowers grow. Why don’t you try visiting Japan and viewing its beautiful flowers for yourself?

The color resembles that of cherry blossoms, and because of the way they blossom and spread like a lawn, they are known as “shibazakura”, or literally “lawn cherry blossoms.” They are yet another representative flower of the springtime that one can enjoy.

Shibazakura in Kawaguchiko-machi
The contrast of the shibazakura in Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi, Yamanashi Prefecture with Mount Fuji is beautiful.
Splendid Ofuji
150-year-old Fuji tree in full bloom is a very imposing spectacle
Shirafuji Tunnel
Shirafuji Tunnel

Wisteria is another representative flower of springtime that one can enjoy. In the “Ashikaga Flower Park” in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, there is a famous 150-year-old wisteria tree “Ofuji,” which means ‘giant wisteria tree’. The ancient tree that goes by this name has branches supported by its “ wisteria trellis,”which can be up to 1090㎡ (or 0.26 acres) in size. Another amazing spectacle one can view is a Shirafuji (white wisteria) tunnel that is approximately 80m (or 262.4 feet) in length.

Nemophila steeped in blue
Scenery that combines the ocean with the sky and a hillside covered with nemophila

The lovely nemophila, with its clear blue flowers, celebrates the end of April to the middle of May. At the Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, the vast hills in the park are colored blue by flowers, and the gestalt combining the blue sky with the blue hills makes for some impressive scenery.

We also recommend the shibazakura, wisteria and nemophila as sightseeing options for Tokyo, as you can reach there from the Tokyo metropolitan areas from around 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes.

The special experiences one can have make travel to Japan all the more enjoyable

In addition to enjoying beautiful flowers and scenery, there are other ways to enjoy the seasons in Japan. For example, how about giving Japan’s imposing snowscapes in the springtime a try?

A massive wall of snow
You will be surprised by the massive scale of this wall of snow
Snow activities you can enjoy in spring
Going for walks in the magnificent snowscapes is also a popular activity

Tateyama Murodoudaira located in the central part of Toyama Prefecture has an elevation of 2,450m (about 8038 ft). The area has some of the heaviest snowfall in the world. In particular a place called “Otani” nearby Muroudo (a place famous for holy men who stayed and prayed there) receives a great deal of snowfall, where the snow can accumulate to depths exceeding 20m (approximately 65.6 feet).

Walking along the immense wall of snow in Otani (the “Otani Walk”) can be a very emotional experience. Because of the immense amount of snow this area is closed off during the winter, and is an experience that must be enjoyed in the springtime. In any given year, we recommend mid April through mid June as the time to visit. You can also experience a 360 degree stroll through a winter wonderland.

Japanese seasons can be an enjoyable aspect of the cuisine that is an indispensable part of your travels. Among these experiences, picking your own strawberries, peaches, and other such seasonal fruits that you can eat is an experience that everyone can enjoy, from children to adults. Places where you can pick your own fruit can be found nationwide, from Kanto to every part of the country. Strawberry picking in greenhouses starts from January, cherry picking starts in May, so what you can enjoy varies by region and season.

Strawberry picking
Peach picking
Myriad fruits can be picked and enjoyed

Fruit picking is an activity where you can pick your own fresh and delicious fruit to eat. It is a popular experience that both kids and adults can enjoy. Strawberries, cherries, peaches, grapes, and more. Picking your own fruit can be enjoyed throughout Japan from spring to autumn.

Another cultural experience you can enjoy is to savor the famous local ingredients of the various places you visit in your journeys. From crabs to shabushabu, the flavors of local cuisine are another enjoyable experience you can have in your new favorite sightseeing spots.

Crab and shabushabu

Efficiently enjoy special experiences

After enjoying the seasonal flowers and scenery, most anyone would like to retain their travels in Japan in their memories. However, ways of doing this may be difficult to incorporate into a limited travel itinerary. Also, traffic and other such inconveniences that may make it individually difficult to travel to certain spots are not few. Therefore, just “what to do” or “where to go” while traveling in Japan can itself be an issue.

Tourists take a relaxing road trip
Another issue with travel is how to secure time in which one can relax and enjoy sightseeing destinations

One way to efficiently enjoy the special experiences Japan has to offer without wasting any time, many repeat visitors use the tours provided by Japanese travel agencies. According to KNT-CT Holdings which operates popular “Club Tourism” tours, day trips and Two days, one night tours are frequently used among visitors to Japan. The reason for this is so that experiences can be efficiently incorporated into a limited travel itinerary in Japan.

For example, there are tours that can simultaneously allow one to experience attractive spots and food. Examples of these include trips that combine a visit to see “the nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park and Ofuji with yakiniku (Japanese barbecue) at Ashikaga Flower Park” and “Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival, hiking trip to Mount Fuji’s 5th station and picking strawberries.” Club Tourism offers over 500 tour plans, and you can choose one to suit your tastes and your schedule.

It is also important for tourists to have many choices for the starting point of the tour. With Club Tourism, there are many cities you can choose from as points of departure, including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Sapporo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai, Shizuoka, Hiroshima, and more. Also, when applying for a tour, you can receive assistance in English or Chinese for peace of mind when using the service. Further, you can enjoy traveling in a private space of your very own by taxi or bus, such as “a sightseeing private chartering accompanied by an interpreter.”

Tours that make special experiences a reality
Tours can take you to places where difficult to access
A spectacular spot overlooking Mount Fuji
One merit of tours is that they allow you to visit popular sightseeing spots comfortably and efficiently

So why don’t you consider using a tour when traveling to Japan?

Attendant at work
During tours, attendants manage travel itineraries, providing peace of mind
Bus exclusive to the tourists visiting Japan
A large bus exclusive to the tourists visiting Japan with Wi-Fi available inside

You can also make reservations for club tourism predeparture online. Depending on the tour schedule or contents of events attended, some tours may also allow you to make reservations after arriving in Japan. If you are already in Japan, tour information centers will respond to inquiries and reservations by telephone. You can also have a tour proposed to you to match your schedule or budget. When considering purchasing reservations, be sure to make arrangements for volunteer interpreters. Depending on the tour and your schedule, personal arrangements are also possible.

Yokoso Japan Tour Information Center

Tel:03-6734-5115

Opening hours : 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays)

Yokoso Japan Tour Information Center

Utilize the tours well regarded by repeat visitors to Japan, organized by the travel companies that 4,000,000 Japanese people use every year and get a special journey experience in Japan!