In the past few years, the number of tourists visiting Japan has been rising year after year, and will surely only continue to increase as the Olympics approach. But while that may still be a few years away, many tourists should still check out Japan for the unique experiences they may encounter.
During the spring season, “hanami (花見)”, or cherry blossom viewing, is probably the most popular activity to do regardless of whether you’re Japanese or not. Add in the chance to experience Japanese culture, and you’re sure to get what you deserve on your trip. Why not check out the Takanawa Sakura Festival (高輪桜まつり), where you can get the chance to do both at once?
The Takanawa Sakura Festival boasts approximately 20,000 square meters of Japanese gardens, which hold around 230 cherry blossom trees with 20 different kinds of flowers. They will be showing off their blooms for the spring season at this festival. In the evening, the garden is lit up, giving a fresh view of these breathtaking trees.
The main attraction for the festival is none other than the Hanami and Japanese Culture Experience. During certain days, visitors can get the chance to see a mai odori (舞踊), which is a Japanese traditional dance performance, the koto (琴), a 13-stringed Japanese zither performance, and rickshaws. There are English speaking staff, or “sakura attendants” available, so you don’t have to worry about communication even if you can’t speak Japanese.
When in Japan, you wouldn’t want to miss on the delectable sweets the country has to offer. So, for a limited time only, the Sakura Chaya in the Japanese garden is open to serve its visitors matcha (抹茶), or green tea, and wagashi (和菓子), or Japanese confectioneries, so you can try traditional Japanese sweets while relaxing under the cherry blossom trees.
These will range starting from 1,500 yen. If you prefer a savory meal, then how about black wagyu (黒毛和牛), or kobe beef (神戸牛), abalone and lobster course that’s available as well?
For those who would like to check out the Takanawa Sakura Festival, it will take place from March 19th until April 9th at:
- The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo (Access)
- The Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa (Access)
- The Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (Access)
The cherry blossom illumination also starts at 5:30pm and ends at 11:30pm.
The Japanese Cultural Experience Event are on select days only. These include:
- 25th of March
- 26th of March
- 1st of April
- 2nd of April
Entrance and participation to the events are all free of charge.
Are you now looking forward to experiencing Japan? Here’s the chance to get a firsthand experience of the culture of Japan in the popular cherry blossom viewing season! So whether it’s a day or night trip, you’re sure to get a glimpse of the natural beauty that the place has to offer. Make sure to drop by at the Takanawa Sakura Festival if you’re here for the duration of the event!
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