“Hanami” experience to enjoy spring in Japan

Japan has four distinct seasons, each with outstanding features. In spring, cherry blossoms come into full bloom, and you can enjoy the views of the gorgeous flowers in the warm weather. Japanese people celebrate the beauty of the blossoms in a variety of ways, such as picnicking under cherry trees and taking a boat ride along a river lined with them. Festivals are held at some popular hanami spots with stalls offering street food and drinks. Or simply sit on a bench in a park with takeout meals containing seasonal ingredients or even cherry blossom-themed sweets. Why not experience this quintessential Japanese custom of appreciating seasonal beauty?

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The special feature of the Sewari area of the Yodogawa Riverside Park is the remarkable tunnel of blooming cherry trees. Get a mat at a nearby shop and enjoy a picnic under the blooming cherry trees.

Some hanami spots in Kyoto allow drinking outdoors. It is great to be in the company of friends when eating and drinking.

Food is a must for any hanami gathering, and a good "bento" (lunchbox) is a great choice. Why not get a beautifully presented hanami bento from a restaurant specializing in Kyoto cuisine or one of Kyoto's prestigious department stores?

Japanese traditional sweets with a seasonal theme, such as "sakura mochi" (pink rice cake filled with sweetened bean paste), make an excellent dessert. Savor the subtle sweetness and delicate aroma.

There are many kimono rental shops in Kyoto. How about wearing one to add a touch of elegance to your hanami experience?

Riding the Jikkokubune boat while taking in the rows of beautiful cherry trees and the townscape of Fushimi is another way to enjoy the warm spring weather in Kyoto. (Reservation required.)

The Okazaki Sosui Canal is illuminated at night during hanami season. Why not take a stroll in the evening? It will give you a distinct impression from the daytime.

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Map of Japan. Kyoto located west of Tokyo (Haneda)

Kyoto

Since Kyoto was once the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years, its refined traditions and cultures have been very well preserved. There are countless ways to enjoy this great city, including visiting the many famous temples and shrines that are also popular hanami spots. Make sure to try the outstanding tastes of matcha tea and traditional sweets. The ancient capital welcomes you with exceptional experiences and seasonal delights.

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