7 Reasons Why You Should Do a Trip to Japan Next Spring

Welcome to Japan – The Land of the Rising Sun.

A country that speaks and breathes innovation while standing firm on their rich traditions. Japan is the home to the legendary Samurai warriors and formidable Sumo wrestlers. And yet, they all greet each other with a humble bow. Japan is the perfect combination of action and tranquility; modern technology and age-old culture. A destination that has unique attractions for travellers of all ages.

Why Should I Plan My Japan Trip for Spring Though?

Here are 7 reasons that make Japan ideal to visit early next year:

1. Comfortable Temperature

In Japan, the months of March to May mark the Spring season. And Spring in Japan is awesome! The cold winter winds have resided and the snowy mountains begin to melt. You can enjoy your stay without worrying about the strong heatwaves of summer or the infamous typhoons.

Come the Spring season and Japan greets you with favorable temperatures. The days are warm and sunny with the temperature being around 20 °C – 25 °C. Sightseeing around the cities will be nice and pleasant during the day. However, the nights get chilly as the temperature can drop as low as 5 °C. You might want to carry thick jackets to get around.

2. Cherry Blossom Season

You know Spring has arrived in Japan when the cherry blossom flower has begun to bloom. These beautiful pink flowers grow in bunches and are distinctive to Japan. There may be no other type of flora that draws tourists in the same way as the cherry blossom tree does. Traditionally known as the ‘sakura’ these cherry blossom flowers have a very short life. In Japanese culture, the blooming of cherry blossoms is symbolic of romance and rejuvenation. It’s the season of bonding and meeting new friends.

Japanese have a tradition, dating back to a thousand years, called ‘Hanami’ – which literally means ‘watching blossoms’. People often organize cherry blossom parties with their family, friends, and colleagues. They bring pre-cooked meals, alcohol, snacks, and sweets like in a potluck party organized under the cherry blossom tree. Many tourists like to follow the ‘Hanami’ tradition, it gives them a chance to peek into the Japanese culture. You’d get to see these cherry blossom trees all across the country. Be it day or night, each and every cherry blossom flower is beautiful. The cherry blossom ​season in Japan is a truly special phenomenon.

3. Spring Floral Party

Japanese have a tradition, dating back to a thousand years, called ‘Hanami’ – which literally means ‘watching blossoms’. People often organize cherry blossom parties with their family, friends, and colleagues. They bring pre-cooked meals, alcohol, snacks, and sweets like in a potluck party organized under the cherry blossom tree. Many tourists like to follow the ‘Hanami’ tradition, it gives them a chance to peek into the Japanese culture. You’d get to see these cherry blossom trees all across the country. Be it day or night, each and every cherry blossom flower is beautiful. The cherry blossom ​season in Japan is a truly special phenomenon.

4. The Spring Feast

Japanese like to enhance the grandeur of the Spring with fantastic cuisine for everyone. Make your Japan food tour perfect by including these items.

The queen of spring fruits in Japan is strawberries . Japan grows many strawberries including high-quality ones, such as Tochiotome and Hakata Amaou. They are big, thick and really sweet. You’d also find strawberries in a variety of shades along the red color spectrum from a creamy pinkish-white to varieties that are a deep shade of rose. Strawberry picking is a popular spring activity in Japan.

Also, many hotels in Japan hosts strawberry dessert buffets for a limited period usually from January to April. If you love strawberries and sweets, you should definitely include it in your Japan local tour!

Bamboo shoots are a super popular ramen topping and often appear on izakaya menus as a side or sharing dish (sometimes under the name “menma”). They are particularly delectable this time of year, so be sure to give them a try.

Mussels, clams, and various other shellfish are trawled in from the Pacific en masse every spring . Whether you eat them raw as sushi or cooked into a nabe hotpot, your taste buds will no doubt be satisfied.

Plus, seasonal cuisine isn’t limited to foods, but to drinks as well! Make sure to include a visit to international chains such as Starbucks and McDonald’s. Check their spring special menu for sakura-flavored lattes, teas, and milkshakes during your Japan food tour.

You’ll also find heaps of street food at local festivals – keep your eyes peeled!

5. Lively Atmosphere

The Cherry Blossom season attracts crowds in huge numbers from all across the globe. It’s the peak season and there’s enthusiasm all around. Everyone wants a piece of the beautiful Spring in their Japan trip. It’s the best season for cultural exchange as people from different parts of the world come together to witness the beauty of nature.

Ensure all your bookings and reservations are confirmed well in advance to your Japan trip dates. As this is the rush season, last-minute changes can get difficult.

6. Festivals All Around

There are a number of exciting festivals you shouldn’t miss out on during your Japan local tour. Take a closer look at the Spring calendar and you will notice the series of festivals lined up for you!

Kanamara Matsuri (April 7th)* – Simply put, this is a festival dedicated to the phallus! It’s as eccentric as it sounds with a giant model of the male genitalia forming the centerpiece of this parade which takes place on the streets of Kawasaki .

Earth Day (late April)* – This is an eco-friendly festival in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park which pays homage to the humble planet that we earthlings call home.

Kanda Matsuri (May 11th/12th)* – One of the most famous festivals in Tokyo all year round. Over 200 mikoshi (portable shrine floats) will be paraded around the downtown area close to Kanda shrine paying homage to the legendary Tokugawa Shogun that ruled Japan for over 200 years. Note that this is not held every year.

Sanja Matsuri (May 17th – May 19th)* – One of the three great Shinto celebrations in Tokyo, held at the city’s oldest temple Senso-Ji in Asakusa . The parade will involve a procession of priests, acolytes, city officials, geisha, musicians, and over 100 mikoshis.

Hokkaido – There are a variety of flower festivals spread across Japan’s largest northern landmass through the months of spring . They celebrate the picturesque nature for which the island is so acclaimed—sakura, pink moss phlox, azaleas and more!

*All these dates are as per the events of 2019 calendar

7. Visit the Parks

Japan is home to a number of beautiful parks and gardens. Many of these are award-winning and highly recommended for all tourists. You wouldn’t want to miss out on these gardens during your Japan local tour, especially during the Spring season.

Here is our top list of parks for you to visit:

Ashikaga Flower Park – CNN chose Ashikaga Flower Park as one of the top 10 dream destinations worldwide. The season of Spring makes the wisterias bloom and makes it perfect for tourists. During this season, the flowers are lit up at night and that is also an amazing view to see. We suggest the ideal duration between mid-April to mid-May to visit the Ashikaga Flower Park.

Hitachi Seaside Park – This huge seaside park is famous for being filled with flowers in almost every season. The most popular is the light blue fields of Nemophila flowers in mid-April to early May. If you go in April, you’ll probably also be able to see the tulips in bloom too. Another popular sight is when the Kochia bushes turn a bright red around the beginning of October. But for the most part, springtime is the season to go.

Kamachi Wisteria Garden (Fukuoka Prefecture) – This wisteria garden was chosen by CNN as one of the 36 Most Beautiful Places in Japan. This has caused it to become very popular and crowded with tens of thousands of tourists from within Japan and abroad, during the season of the wisterias in spring. So now, if you want to go, you must buy a reserved ticket in advance at a convenience store in Japan.

Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki Prefecture) – If tulips and roses, which are traditional to the Netherlands, suit your taste – we recommend a visit to the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. There are activities and games to play inside the theme park, but the scenery is the most amazing aspect of this theme park. It is always filled with flowers. Among all the flowers this park displays, the season of the tulips and roses stand out. It’s really spectacular. And you can also enjoy the illumination at night as well.

Why Wait? Plan Your Japan Trip Today!

With so much to do, so much to see and so much to appreciate – there’s no reason to delay your Japan trip!
Prepare to be amazed by the beauty that Japan beholds. ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’ greets you humbly with a bow. And if you need help planning your Japan trip – Here we are! At Mango Holidays, we make unforgettable travel experiences happen in Japan.

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