If you are traveling Japan in spring (March, April, May), what can you enjoy? On this page, I would like to introduce what kind of things are popular in the spring for travelling in Japan. In spring, you can watch a lot of flowers such as cherry blossoms in Japan. The Japanese archipelago is very long from north to south, so the times when flowers bloom are quite different around the country. I recommend that you check flower forecasts to find out where the flowers are blooming when you travel.

Recommended for traveling in Japan in March, April, and May

I gathered articles for each month on Japanese spring. If you want to know such details, please refer to the following articles. If you want to know what kind of clothes the Japanese are wearing in spring, I also wrote articles that introduced it, so visit the page if you do not mind.

 

On this page, I would like to specifically tell you what you can enjoy when you come to Japan in spring.

“HANAMI”  Enjoy watching cherry blossoms

Cherry blossom petals falling down on the streaming water. Hirosaki Castle, Japan = Shutterstock

Cherry blossom petals falling down on the streaming water. Hirosaki Castle, Japan = Shutterstock

Tokyo Crowd enjoying Cherry blossoms festival in Ueno Park

Tokyo Crowd enjoying Cherry blossoms festival in Ueno Park = Shutterstock

For the trip to Japan in the spring, I would like to recommend cherry blossoms first.

Japan loves cherry blossoms. We plant a lot of cherry blossom trees, and when cherry blossoms bloom, we all enjoy watching the flowers. The act of viewing cherry blossoms is called “Hanami” in Japan. The word “Hanami” has come to be known to a large extent in countries other than Japan.

In Japan, there are parks and riverbeds where you can enjoy “Hanami” in any area. In these parks, we spread plastic tarps under the cherry trees to sit, eat delicious food and drink alcohol. This scene seems to be very rare to many tourists from foreign countries that come to visit. Of course, you can enjoy viewing cherry blossoms freely in most parks!

Where can you see the cherry blossoms when you came to Japan? Unfortunately, the cherry blossoms bloom for only a few weeks at most. Cherry blossoms are scattered very quickly due to rain and wind.
If you are going to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka etc. Please try to visit Japan from the end of March to the beginning of April. Then you will be able to experience “Hanami”.

If you can visit Japan during this time, when you visit, let’s examine where in Japan cherry blossoms are blooming.

In the southern part of Japan such as Kyushu and Shikoku, cherry blossoms begin to bloom from late March. Cherry blossoms begin to bloom in Hokkaido from the second half of April. In the northern part of Hokkaido as well as the mountainous region they bloom in the first half of May.

Cherry blossoms in Japan are really beautiful, so please enjoy them in the various areas.

Beautiful blossoms of a huge cherry tree blooming in a foggy spring garden ~ The Matabei-zakura is a 300-year-old cherry tree in the rural area of Uda city, Nara, Kansai Area, Japan

Beautiful blossoms of a huge cherry tree blooming in a foggy spring garden ~ The Matabei-zakura is a 300-year-old cherry tree in the rural area of Uda city, Nara, Kansai Area, Japan = Shutterstock

Shirakawago in Gifu Prefecture. Snow still remains in the surrounding mountains.

Shirakawago in Gifu Prefecture. Snow still remains in the surrounding mountains = Shutterstock

 

Other flowers such as Shiba cherry tree

Mt. Fuji and Shiba Sakura (moss phlox, moss pink, mountain phlox). A spectacular spring landscape representing Japan.

Mt. Fuji and Shiba cherry blossoms (moss phlox, moss pink, mountain phlox). A spectacular spring landscape representing Japan = Shutterstock

In Japan, you can enjoy a lot of spring flowers besides cherry blossoms. The representative one is a moss grass cherry tree called Shiba cherry blossoms. You can appreciate the scenery where pink beautiful flowers spread all over like the photo above. Shiba cherry blossoms bloom from April to May in Tokyo and other areas.

Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park in spring with blue sky at Ibaraki, Japan

Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park in spring with blue sky at Ibaraki, Japan = Shutterstock

Recently, a very popular flower among tourists from abroad is Nemophila. At the Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki prefecture, from the middle of April to the beginning of May you can see the scenery where the blue flowers bloom all over like the photo above.

Kifune shrine in Kyoto where fresh green is beautiful

Kifune shrine in Kyoto where fresh green is beautiful = Adobe Stock

Chusonji temple surrounded by fresh green trees, Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture

Chusonji temple surrounded by fresh green trees, Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture = Adobe Stock

Spring is one of the best seasons to travel around Japan. Besides the flower sights that I introduced, at many shrines and temples, etc., there is fresh green that creates a very beautiful scenery. Beautiful flowers and fresh green everywhere will welcome you in spring. Please enjoy Japan!

 

Snowy scenery to enjoy in spring

The snow mountains wall of Tateyama Kurobe alpine with blue sky background is one of the most important and popular natural place in Toyama Prefecture, Japan.

The snow mountains wall of Tateyama Kurobe alpine with blue sky background is one of the most important and popular natural place in Toyama Prefecture, Japan.= Shutterstock

Snow mountain at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan destination travel. The landscape in Toyama city, Japan.

Snow mountain at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan destination travel. The landscape in Toyama city, Japan. = Shutterstock

In spring, Japan is generally warm and easy to spend time outside. However, you can still enjoy snowy landscapes in spring. In Japan, there are many mountainous areas, and even in the spring such snow is not easily melted. If you go to a sightseeing spot in one of these mountainous areas, you can experience a freezing cold world outside of winter.

The tourist spot I recommend most is Tateyama in Toyama Prefecture. Here you can see the wall of snow which is almost 20 meters tall from late April to mid-June (depending on the year). This is a terribly heavy snow area and when the snowplow removes the snow on the road a wall of snow will be formed on either side of the road. You can enjoy walking down the road for about 500 meters from this bus section.

Please use this sightseeing information to enjoy various springs in Japan!

 

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