I recently came back from a spring trip to Japan. Initially this was meant to be the great escape for some much needed sunshine. It turned out to be so much more (also because the sun was mostly absent).
When I started looking into booking hotel rooms in Nagano, Kyoto and Tokyo, I realised all the hotels were looking pretty much fully booked. And I found out that I had booked my trip in what seems to be every Japanese person’s favourite time of the year… cherry blossom season!
Before we get to the snow monkey baths near Nagano, snowboarding in Nozawa-onsen or some serious temple bonanza in Kyoto, let’s get the most important pictures out of the way and cover off cherry blossom viewing. Favourite moment: having a proper Japanese cherry blossom viewing picnic party with our Japanese friends in Tsukishima, Tokyo. Plenty of laughs, food and sake involved; I totally understand why this is a favourite national pastime, what’s there not to like 🙂
Here’s a roundup of my favourite cherry blossom moments.
Cherry blossoms in Japan