March to May and spring arrives in Japan bringing crisp blue skies, the weather slowly becoming warmer and humid. The climate can be particularly hard to predict at this time with temperatures ranging from anywhere from 2 to 24 °C (35 to 75 °F), with Okinawa in the south having the warmest weather. On some days you will want a coat, on other you will not even need a sweater. Tokyo at the beginning of spring sees lows of 6°C (43°F), while the end of the season sees highs of 23°C (73°F). Sapporo on Hokkaido is much colder than Tokyo, with lows in March of -3°C (27°F) and ending the spring with highs of 17°C (63°F). In Kyoto, the season starts with lows of 4°C (39°F) and ends with high temperatures of 24°C (75°F). The biggest draw to the country at this time is the flowering of the fabled sakura (cherry blossoms), which typically bloom between March and April, inspiring countless poets over the centuries, and to many are a symbol of the nation. Those with more robust tastes prefer to take the time see a sumo match in all its ceremonial glory, heading to the city of Osaka on the main island of Honsh? in March for their annual Sumo Spring Basho.
Japan’s Cherry Blossom festival takes place throughout the country in the springtime, in conjunction with the blooming of the delicate and fragrant cherry blossoms, which lasts for about two weeks. Crowds from all over the country gather amongst the flowering trees, with parties going late into the night.
Location: Countrywide, Japan
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Parading through Kyoto’s most important Shrines, Aoi Matsuri is a colorful procession in honor of the ancient officials who delivered the emperor’s messages to the two shrines of Shimogamo and Kamigamo. Hollyhock, kimonos and traditional blades take spectators back to Imperial times as the day begins with an elaborate display.
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Yoshida Sanso: Hidden Kyoto Ryokan with a Royal Legacy
Author : Lucy Dayman
There's a lot of history packed into the Yoshida Sanso ryokan in Kyoto, the pick for travelers wanting to abandon the modern world without losing the creature comforts.
Setouchi Triennale from the Sea with Seto Yacht Charter
Author : Travelogues
Twelve islands and two cities participate in the Setouchi Triennale, with installations, museums, and works that will come to define contemporary art, and now travelers can experience it from their private ship with Seto Yacht Charter.