Arriving in Japan is the dream of many people, especially in the spring, when cherry blossoms bloom beautifully. With 8 reasons below, you definitely have to come to Japan right next spring.
1. Watch the most beautiful cherry blossoms of the year
“Sakura” is the object in millions of photos of the spring in Japan, it can be said to be the most famous tourist attraction which brings tens of thousands of tourists each year to Japan.
Cherry blossoms cover everywhere, but the most blooming season doesn’t last long. Therefore, we must take time and set off for Japan right in the next spring.
Cherry blossom in spring has become an indispensable part of Japanese culture, especially in Hanami – the art of admiring the beauty of cherry blossoms. On these days, Japanese and international tourists will go on picnic in lawns, parks, squares, where cherry blossoms bloom fullly. In addition, many folk art shows, food and exhibitions take place everywhere, all about the beauty of cherry blossoms.
Some of Tokyo’s most beautiful cherry blossom viewing sites includes the Shinjuku royal garden, Ueno Onshi park, along the road from the capital center to Lake Kawaguchi or the Philosopher’s Path along the canal in Kyoto.
2. Enjoy the best food in the spring
Mostly eat seasonal food is the way Japanese people enjoy the cuisine naturally. Spring is the season when the food in Japan is the most delicious and diverse.
Takikomi Gohan is a type of rice mixed with the main ingredients of rice, water, vegetables and fish in each season, each month, expressing most clearly the natural and convenient lifestyle. In addition, Tempura or Warabi (seasonal vegetables are fried and crispy) are both delicious and pleasant, chewy and sweet. These dishes can be found all over Japan, from luxurious restaurants, casual eateries to family meals. The chef will flexibly change the ingredients depending on the time of the year.
3. Celebrate Kodomo no Hi – Japanese Children’s Day
Every year, Japanese people jubilantly celebrate the children’s day on April 5, the national holiday, when the country is full of laughter and joy. During the holiday, you can witness many traditional rituals and colorful parades.
The meaning of Kodomo no Hi is the emphasis on the happiness of children, which must be mainly built from the family background. The image of the black carp kite is the symbol of the father, the red carp is the mother and the last carp is the children. The Japanese people give their perseverance and courage into the kites which are the good qualities they expect the next generations to inherit.
4. Relax in Kinosaki Onsen hot spring
Kinosaki is one of the most beautiful hot springs in Japan with the existence of over 1300 years. Before relaxing under the mineral hot spring, you can visit Onsen-Ji temple to pray health prayers.
This area has 7 famous springs including Satono-yu, Ichino-yu, Goshono-yu, Mandara-yu, Jizo-yu, Otori no yu, Yanagi-yu. Adult ticket is 1200 yen and children one is 600 yen. Also, don’t forget to wear a soft Yukata outfit when walking in the onsen bath area.
5. Attend Miyako Odori festival in Kyoto
For over 140 years, Miyako Odori festival attracts thousands of people every year to Kyoto. At Kaburenjo theater, geiko (only the geisha in Kyoto – artists with dancing and chatting skills) and maiko (apprentice geisha) in gorgeous costumes will show traditional dances on the music of Japanese koto.
6. Attending Buddha’s Birthday
On April 8 every year, Japanese people gather together to pay tribute to the Buddha’s birthday with the Hana Matsuri festival (also known as the flower festival), right on the occasion of cherry blossoms.
In Tokyo, the Buddha’s Birthday ceremony takes place at the ancient and sacred Senso-ji temple. At this time, you will have the chance to admire the most colorful Kimono in the street, small towers sparkling in the lights and giant white elephant statues made from paper mache. The festival ends in the offering of flowers and the Buddhist chorus of the children who were both clear and resounding in the long drum.