cherry blossom

Easy Ways to Spot the Differences Between Cherry, Plum and Peach Blossoms!

Japanese gardens in spring are always surrounded by so many beautiful flowers that it can sometimes be easy to mistake any pink flowers you happen to spot as the famous cherry blossom (sakura). But this is not always the case, there are certain features that differentiate the cherry, plum, and peach blossoms among all the…

Top 5 Festivals in Tokyo to Visit in Spring

Spring in Japan is well-known for the full bloom of sakura (桜; cherry blossoms). If you are going to visit Tokyo for the cherry blossoms this spring, then you can’t miss some of these popular spring festivals. Festivals, or matsuri (祭り), in Japan are common events. Almost every shrine celebrates their own festival. In Tokyo,…

Sakuramochi is a Must-Try in April to Boost your Hanami Experience

April heralds a new beginning in Japan as the new academic and financial year kicks off. In the old lunar calendar (kyuureki), this month is called Uzuki (卯月), which has a number of interpretations as to how the name came about or what it means. The most widely accepted explanation is that April is the…
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All About Sakura in 2017: From Gorgeous Locations to Crazy Items and Food

The sakura season is already upon us! In certain regions of Japan, the iconic flower has already begun to bloom, drawing visitors from all over the world. Likewise, our sakura-related articles here on Japan Info have received plenty of visitors as well! For those of you who want to know everything there is to know…

Koganei Park: Free Entry and Perfect for a Picnic Under Beautiful Cherry Blossoms!

For many people, Tokyo is considered a metropolis in Japan with skyscrapers and full of people leading busy lives. However, there is another aspect of Tokyo that involves peaceful open spaces in greenery and nature. Does that sound like you? Then check out Koganei Park which is one of the largest parks in Tokyo. Where…

See Some Early-Blooming Sakura in Kawazu, Just 2 Hours from Tokyo!

Many people who wish to visit Japan want to see the iconic cherry blossom. Sometimes life doesn’t all go to plan and maybe you can’t travel in the main cherry blossom season. Don’t despair, there are still a few spots you can visit for some early blooms and to experience hanami! The Season and Hanami…