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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 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.

Kai-Komagatake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures = Shutterstock
Photos: Spring Snow -The Amazing Contrast of Flowers and Mountain Snow

It is interesting to see the snow scene in winter, but it is not bad to see the distant snow mountains in spring. The contrast between the flowers that bloom one after another and the snow mountains in the distance is wonderful. In addition, in spring, you will be able to ...

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 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 discuss these topics, so feel free to use these to your advantage.

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

March

2020/5/27

March in Japan! Enjoy both winter and spring!

In March, the temperature in Japan gradually warms up. Little by little you will see more warm days, giving you the feeling that spring has come. However, the temperature often falls again. It gets warmer only to get cold again in a repeating cycle until spring arrives. If you travel in Japan during the month of 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 flower gardens and more, I recommend that you travel to the southern region such as Kyushu. On this page, I will introduce to you a few recommended places and activities if you plan to travel to Japan in March. Table of ContentsInformation of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in MarchYou can still do winter sports in JapanYou can see beautiful flower gardensIt 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 on the slider below for more information.   You can still do winter sports in Japan Even in March, the mountains in Hokkaido and Honshu are still in winter condition. 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. During the day you are more likely to get rain than snow so skiing conditions will gradually get ...

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

April

2020/5/27

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

In April, beautiful cherry blossoms bloom in various places in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and other cities. These places are crowded with people who go out to see them. After that, a fresh green will fill these cities with the new season. Soon, you will find much more moss as well as blooming nemophila. In April you will enjoy a very pleasant trip. On this page, I will introduce to you what kind of trip you can expect in April. Table of ContentsInformation of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in AprilYou can enjoy spring skiing at some ski areas.You can see cherry blossoms, moss grasses, and nemophilaBeware of 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 an image from the slider below for more information.   You can enjoy spring skiing at some ski areas. In general, the Japanese archipelago enters spring in April every year, but some ski resorts continue to operate in Hokkaido and Honshu’s mountainous areas. Here, you can enjoy spring skiing. If you are traveling with children, you can try sledding or simply playing in the snow at the ski slopes. Spring skiing is somewhat different from winter skiing. In the winter you will likely ski in very cold weather. In contrast, the temperature is a bit warmer in the spring. Outside of the ski resort the snow melts quicker and there is sometimes only a little snow on the roads and areas around your ...

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

May

2020/5/27

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

The fresh green scenery is beautiful everywhere in May throughout the Japanese archipelago. As I mentioned on the April page, flowers of moss slime and nemophila continue to bloom nicely. 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 for the month of May. Table of ContentsInformation on Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in MaySnow melting highlands such as Kamikochi are very beautiful Information on Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in May If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in May, please click the image from the slider below for 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 too hot or cold but it is just right. Relatively nice weather can be enjoyed nationwide. Tourist destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima are crowded with travelers who are sightseeing. By all means, please visit various places in Japan. If you traveling for a significant amount of 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 water flows into streams from the mountains. The sounds of these streams are very pure. Even in the mountainous areas, the trees come to life all at once as the winter ends. The ...

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Photos Spring

2020/6/19

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 when travelling? Actually, Japanese people often worry about what clothes to wear in spring as well. After all, the temperature will gradually warm up at this time, but it still 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 both warm and cold weather clothing. On this page, I will provide you helpful information about clothing for travelling in Japanese spring. I also prepared photographs of spring clothes below. Table of ContentsYou should also prepare a thin outer jacket and wear it when it's cold.Examples of clothes to wear in spring You should also prepare a thin outer jacket and wear it when it's cold. Even if you use the word "spring" in March and May to describe the season, the clothes you wear vary considerably. In March, there are still days as cold as winter, so during travel you should bring a thin coat (spring coat) or a jumper. Especially at night it may be chilly, so please be careful. In April, if you eat or drink while watching cherry blossoms at night then you should put on a thin coat or jumper before you go out. Instead of a coat, you may wear a scarf around your neck, etc. In May, there ...

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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

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!

 

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.

2018-06-07

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