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Sakura Dreams: 5 Hotels Around Tokyo for an Unforgettable Cherry Blossom Season

Tokyo Station Hotels

Hearing predictions about the cherry blossom season likely fills many with the sense that spring has finally arrived. The forecast for Tokyo's cherry blossom season in 2024 is set around March 20th, suggesting that the Somei Yoshino and mountain cherry blossoms will be in full bloom a bit earlier than usual. This time, we introduce accommodation plans that allow you to fully enjoy the cherry blossoms in and around Tokyo! Each plan is carefully designed not only to offer views of the blossoms but also to immerse guests in the cherry blossom viewing experience through food, scents, and more. Some plans even include exclusive sweets to enjoy in your room while taking in the view of the blossoms.

10 Cherry Blossom Festivals to Enjoy in Japan's Tohoku Region in 2024

Aomori, Hirosaki And Hachinohe Spring

Renowned across Japan, the cherry blossom festivals in the Tohoku region, situated in the northern part of Honshu, mark a time of celebration and renewal. As winter recedes and spring ushers in, the southern Tohoku's Fukushima prefecture first witnesses the cherry blossoms' bloom from late March to early April. This floral spectacle then gradually advances northward through Miyagi, Yamagata, Akita, Iwate, and Aomori prefectures. Each prefecture hosts its own distinctive celebrations in honor of the cherry blossoms, showcasing the region's rich cultural tapestry. Below, we explore some of the most celebrated sakura festivals in Tohoku and delve into the details of these enchanting events.

Become a True Gundam Pilot - Stepping into the P.O.D. at a Tokyo Arcade! (Video)

Arcades

Japan and robots go together like a hotdog and mustard. One of the nation’s most famous robot exports is known worldwide simply as “Gundam.” What started out as an anime has become a huge franchise with its own games, movies, and even a life-sized statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a way to pilot your very own Gundam robot!

Feast on Hokkaido Crab! Expert Shares All About Where, When, and How to Eat Them

Sapporo / Chitose Sashimi

Many people say, "When in Hokkaido, you've got to try the crab!" Surrounded by colder water, Japan's northern island of Hokkaido is a hotspot for this delicacy. Here you can find many restaurants offering a variety of crab delights, plus shops that process crabs imported from Russia and Alaska. Now we know that crab with the right amount of saltiness, deliciousness, and sweetness that fills your mouth is what you are looking for! But what kind of crab can you find in Hokkaido, and when is it most delicious? We spoke with Marumi Osanai Shoten, a crab processor in Nijo Market, which is very popular with travelers, to find out! Main image: PIXTA

Daisetsuzan National Park (Hokkaido) - Seasonal Guide to the Playground of the Gods

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo Parks

Daisetsuzan National Park is known as “Kamuy Mintar” in the language of the Ainu, Hokkaido’s indigenous people. “Kamuy Mintar” means “Playground of the Gods”. And when you set foot in Daisetsuzan, the largest of Japan’s land-based national parks, the reason for this nickname will be immediately obvious.

3 Days in Kyoto Itinerary: Spring Travel Guide for First-Time Visitors

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Spring

If this is your first time in Kyoto in the spring, then you might be overwhelmed by the number of things to do and see in the city. There are so many great places to see the cherry blossoms, and experience Kyoto culture, that you might have a hard time knowing where to start. For those of you that like a set plan for your travels, the author, who is a Kyoto resident, has compiled a perfect three-day itinerary that hits all the major sites you won’t want to miss. The plan has about 6 hours of sightseeing time per day, including meals, which gives you plenty to do, and enough time to relax at the end of the day. If you like exploring at a faster pace, check out the additional suggestions at the end of the article. Read on for a Kyoto trip full of dreamy sites, tasty food spots, and of course amazing temples and shrines.

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