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A Japanese woman wearing kimono looking cherry blossoms = Shutterstock

A Japanese woman wearing kimono looking cherry blossoms = Shutterstock

How to enjoy Japanese Spring! cherry blossoms, Nemophila etc.

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

Recommended for traveling in Japan in December, January, February

I gathered articles for each month on Japanese spring. If you want to know such details, please look at the slide below and click the month you are planning to visit. 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.

Colorful of Tulips field with dutch windmills at Huis Ten Bosch , Nagasaki Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/7

March in Japan! Enjoy both winter and spring!

In March, the temperature in Japan gradually warms up. A little warm day continues, we will feel that spring has come. However, the temperature often goes down again. It gets warmer, it gets cold ... .... While repeating this state, we will have spring little by little. So, if you travel in Japan in March, you may experience both cold Japan and somewhat warm Japan. In cold regions such as Hokkaido, you can still experience winter. If you want to see beautiful garden etc, I recommend that you travel in the southern region such as Kyushu. On this page, I will introduce recommended places and activities if you plan to travel to Japan in March. Table of Contents1 Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in March2 You can still do winter sports in Japan3 You can see beautiful gardens4 It rains well in March so prepare your umbrella Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in March If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in March, please click the image of the slider below and go to see more information.   You can still do winter sports in Japan Even in March, the mountains in Hokkaido and Honshu are still in winter conditions. For this reason, ski resorts are still open in March. You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding and so on. However, in some areas such as Niigata Prefecture, the temperature will gradually rise. The day the rain falls rather than the increases, and the condition of the skiing ground gradually worsens. ...

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Cherry blossoms at the Hirosaki Castle Park in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/7

April in Japan! Snowy landscape, cherry blossoms, nemophilia ....

In April, beautiful cherry blossoms are blooming in various places in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and other cities and are crowded with people who see the cherry blossoms. After that, fresh green grows. Then moss slime and nemophila will start to bloom. In April you will enjoy a very pleasant trip. On this page, I will introduce you what kind of trip can be done in April. Table of Contents1 Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in April2 You can enjoy spring skiing at some ski areas.3 You can see cherry blossoms, moss grasses, and nemophila4 Let's be careful about traffic jams in popular tourist spots Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in April If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in April, please click the image of the slider below and go to see more information.   You can enjoy spring skiing at some ski areas. In general, the Japanese archipelago comes to spring in April every year, but some ski resorts continue to operate in Hokkaido and Honshu mountainous areas. You can enjoy spring skiing. If you are traveling with children, you can try snow playing or sledding at the ski slopes. Spring skiing is somewhat different from winter skiing. In winter you will play in very cold . On the other hand, the temperature is a bit warmer in the spring. Outside of the ski resort the snow melts and there are sometimes little snow on the roads and around the hotel. You may ski while watching the surrounding fresh green. Even ...

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

Life and Culture

2018/6/7

May in Japan! The Best season. Mountains are also beautiful!

The scenery of the fresh green is beautiful everywhere in May in the Japanese archipelago. As I mentioned on April page, flowers of moss slime and nemophila continue to bloom neatly. If you go to a mountainous area such as Shirakawago, the contrast of the fresh green and the snow remaining in the mountains will be wonderful. On this page, I will introduce sightseeing spots especially recommended in May. Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in May If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in May, please click the image of the slider below and go to see more information.   Snow melting highlands such as Kamikochi are very beautiful From April to May, you can travel very comfortably in Japan. The temperature is not hot, it is not cold, just right. And relatively nice weather continues nationwide. Tourist destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima are crowded with enjoyable travelers. By all means, please visit various places in Japan. If you travel a relatively long time, I recommend going to the mountainous region of Honshu in addition to Tokyo and Kyoto etc. Every year in May, snow melts from the mountains of Japan, and thawing water flows into streams flowing from the mountains. The sounds of the river are very pure. Even in the mountainous areas, the trees are energized all at once as the winter ends. The mountainous areas at this time are very beautiful, so please join the itinerary. The places I would like to recommend specifically are the ...

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Life and Culture

2018/6/7

Spring Wear in Japan! What should you wear?

If you are planning a trip to Japan during the spring (March, April, May), what clothes should you wear to travel? Actually, Japanese people often worry about what clothes to wear in spring. After all, the temperature will gradually warm up at this time, but it may get cold. Japanese people listen to the weather forecast for the day every morning, and often go out with a coat if it is getting cold. If you come to Japan in the spring, I would recommend that you prepare including clothing on the top as well as in the cold weather. On this page, I will introduce you helpful information about clothes when you travel in Japan in spring. I also prepared photographs of spring clothes below.   You should also prepare a thin outer jacket and wear it when it's cold. Even if you say "spring" in a word, in March and May, the clothes you wear vary considerably. In March, there are still as cold days as winter, so during travel you should bring a thin coat (spring coat) or a jumper. Especially at night it may be chilled, so please be careful. Also in April, if you eat or drink while watching cherry blossoms like the Japanese at night, prepare a thin coat or jumper and go out. Instead of a coat, you may wear a scarf around your neck, etc. In May it will be a lot of warm days, so you may already have a short sleeve shirt. However, there are cold days in May ...

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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

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 a cherry blossom first.

The Japanese like cherry blossoms. We plant a lot of cherry blossom trees, and when cherry blossoms bloom, we all enjoy watching the flowers. To see 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 such a park, we spread the plastic sheet under the cherry tree, sit there, eat something delicious, drink alcohol. This scene seems to be very rare, and many tourists from foreign countries are coming to visit. Of course, you can enjoy spreading 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 longest. Cherry blossoms are scattered too much 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 not visit Japan 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, and in the northern part of Hokkaido and the mountainous region, it blooms in the first half of May.

Cherry blossoms in Japan are really beautiful, so please enjoy it in 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 spring, in Japan you can enjoy a lot of flowers besides cherry blossoms. The representative one is a moss grass cherry tree (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 a 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, many shrines and temples, etc., the fresh green creates a very beautiful scenery. Beautiful flowers and fresh green everywhere will welcome you. 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. However, you can enjoy the snow scene in such a season. In Japan, there are many mountainous areas, and even in the spring such snow is not readily melted. If you go to a sightseeing spot in such a mountainous area, you can experience the freezing cold world.

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

Please get various sightseeing information and enjoy various springs in Japan!

 

I appreciate you reading to the end.

 

About me

Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.

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