Sakura Rising: Spring in Japan

19 November 2020

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Japan’s rivers and mountains turn pink and white with the flowering of the cherry blossoms, or sakura in Japanese. Japan’s most famous seasonal attraction blooms from south to north, beginning in Kyushu in March all the way up to Hokkaido in May, and with Remote Lands, travelers can see Japan's seasons change in style.


Browse sample itineraries meticulously designed to showcase the best of Japan’s Spring cherry blossom bloom.  


See stunning Osaka Castle, the remarkable Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto, Himeji Castle, and more in seven days of magic in the early bloom in late March and early April. Enjoy a traditional Geisha dinner, visit a sake brewery for a private tasting and dine on acclaimed Kobe beef. Those with an interest in 20th century history may visit Hiroshima’s poignant Peace Memorial Park.


This eight-day journey, specifically designed for families, is carefully balanced to include intriguing cultural experiences for parents alongside an unprecedented number of kids activities such as learning the traditional craft of origami paper folding, feeding tame deer in Nara, visiting the adored Pokemon Center, dressing up like a Harajuku girl and taking part in a Japanese tea ceremony.


Between late April and early May, the cherry blossoms of the Tohoku Region come alive with pink resplendence. In this extraordinary journey, you’ll see the very best of one of Japan’s most underrated springtime regions. Explore the dreamlike Kitakami Tenshochi Park, lined with nearly 10,000 cherry blossom trees, by boat or horse and carriage. Take in the wonderfully-preserved samurai district of Kakunodate, and the three-tiered Hisoraki Castle, encircled by cherry blossoms in full bloom — a must see for photographers. 

READ MORE   BEYOND CHERRY BLOSSOMS While the sakura bloom may get the headlines, Spring in Japan offers an impressive diversity of special experiences. Here are just a few suggestions. For more ideas, simply reply to this email. We’d love to hear from you.

In Japan’s wild far north, sakura season peaks in early May, just before the end of ski season, offering visitors a unique window of opportunity to enjoy the best of Japan’s Spring and Winter in one trip. Niseko is well known around the globe for having the world's finest powder snow which is so dry you can't even make a snowball, making for incredible skiing.

For the very best of geisha artistry, head to Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto, for the Miyako Odori, a historic festival of folklore, dance and theater performed by both geiko and maiko geisha. In the evening, we will arrange a private geisha dinner, something rarely experienced by non-Japanese. 

Cherry blossoms are far from the only flower celebrated in Spring, and the blue and pink wisteria canopies at Ashikaga Flower Park are just as spectacular. Head to Ashikaga in 2021 and stay at the stunning new Ritz-Carlton in Nikko, an ancient city filled with UNESCO World Heritage sites and some of Japan's most dramatic scenery with gorgeous forests, lakes and waterfalls.

Join a celebration of flowers, food and nature at the Phlox Moss Festival, where each spring a vivid carpet of nearly one-million vibrant magenta and pale pink shibazakura carpet the foothills of Mount Fuji, in one of Japan’s most spectacular springtime natural displays.    SHOOTING SAKURA: GETTING THE BEST PHOTOS FROM JAPAN’S CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON Jordan Hammond takes his camera through the Lands of the Rising sun to shoot sakura from Tokyo to Osaka, visiting castles, waterfalls, and modern city streets in cherry blossom season.  READ MORE > 4 YAMAGATA CHERRY BLOSSOM SITES YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS SPRING Yamagata isn't the best known cherry blossom site in Japan, but it's an area brimming with seasonal Tohoku charm well worth the visit.  READ MORE > INSTAGRAMMING KYOTO IN A DAY Photographer and Instagrammer Jordan Hammond takes his camera to Japan's dynamic city of Kyoto for a look at geisha, bamboo, and a city coated in color and history. READ MORE > HELLO, NOTO: 5 REASONS TO VISIT THE NOTO PENINSULA ON YOUR NEXT JAPAN TRIP The Noto Peninsula was once so isolated people were banished to it; today, it is an off-the-tourist-trail gem with astonishing ryokans, unbeatable cycling, and country-side hospitality.  READ MORE > #TAKEMETOREMOTELANDS AS RECENTLY FEATURED IN • The Wall Street Journal • Town & Country • Departures • Travel + Leisure • Forbes • Condé Nast Traveler • BusinessWeek • National Geographic Traveler • Palm Beach Post • Chicago Tribune • Financial Times • BBC • Fox Business News • The New York Times REMOTE LANDS, INC.
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