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April in Japan

by Hannah Lockett | October 16, 2018

One of the best times to visit Japan is in April, for a mild climate filled with truly breathtaking spring blooms. They nation, and the world go wild for the famous cherry blossoms that swathe the country, picnics are savoured and the friendly atmosphere enjoyed.

In April 2019, Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate, the first to do so in over 200 years, resulting in many festivals and celebrations leading up to the accession of his successor, Crown Prince Naruhito.

Below is a list of the best things to do in Japan in April…

Cherry Blossom

Hanami, cherry blossom viewing, is part of Japanese culture during late March, April and sometimes, on into May. The flowers start blooming in the south, and work their way up the country, covering the landscapes in delicate pink hues. There are many great places, renowned for their magnificent displays, some with dramatic light displays, illuminating the trees at night. During this time, many cafes prepare tasty sweet treats, drinks and foods, influenced by this natural marvel.

Strawberry Picking

Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits in Japan, and April sees families and groups of friends descending on the farms surrounding Tokyo, to pick and eat this most delicious of fruits. You are given a container, divided in two, one section left empty for the stems, the other filled with condensed milk to dip your strawberries in.

Spring Festivals

The Japanese love a festival, there are many throughout the year, and April is no exception. Some of our favourites include the Inuyama Festival, the Miyakodo Odori in Kyoto, Kawasaki’s Kanamara Matsuri, the Takayama Festival, and one of the most important times in Japan – Golden Week, which in 2019 will also encompass the abdication of Emperor Akihito.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Opening in April each year, this breathtaking sightseeing route makes its way across the impressive Northern Alps region of Japan. The road is carved into the thick snow, leaving a dramatic, towering icy wall on each side. A photography must!

Spring Flowers

Spring in Japan is all about the flowers, and not just cherry blossom, and to emphasise this there are many local festivals celebrating the colourful blooms. In Sakura, a sea of over 600,000 bright tulips surrounds a charming Dutch windmill. The Nezu Shrine plays host to the Bunkyo Azalea Festival, where 100 different varieties decorate the grounds and the shrines iconic Torii Gates. Not to be outdone, the Fuji Shibazakura Festival sees around 800,000 colourful plants adorn the base of this mystical mountain, and of course, the famous Wisteria Festival at Ashikaga Flower Park, with its 80m long Wisteria Tunnel, should not be missed.

Go to the Beach!

The beach in April? Yes, the glorious white sand beaches of Okinawa and Ishigaki are open, and less crowded. The weather is warm and the seas are great for swimming. So, a relaxing stay on a sub-tropical island is not such a daft idea!

A selection of tours for inspiration

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    Japan Group Tour Nature

    Cherry Blossom Tour

    A 13 day tour that explores the very best of Japan’s culture and nature, during the popular cherry blossom season.

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    Japan Group Tour Rail

    Amazing Japan

    A tour that explores the very best of Japan’s cultural, natural and UNESCO locations. Journey on the famous bullet train.

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    Japan Semi-Escorted Trekking

    Japan Self-Drive Holiday

    Hiring a car to get around Japan is a fantastic way to explore the country, especially as they drive on the left.

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    Japan Semi-Escorted Family

    Japan Family Tour

    Explore the history and culture of this amazing country, with fun-filled excursions for all the family.

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