Top Five: Places to view Japan’s iconic cherry blossom
Take a trip of a lifetime this spring to marvel at Japan’s iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) which blanket the country with beautiful pink flowers from March to April.
Escorted group touring specialist, RT Holidays, has pulled together the top five locations in Japan to view this natural wonder:
Enjoy spectacular views of the cherry blossom set against a backdrop of snow-capped Mt. Fuji at Lake Kawaguchi, located within the iconic Fuji Five Lakes area. To witness the cherry blossom from a whole new perspective take a cruise and gaze in awe at the stunning views across the southern side of the lake.
The temples and castles that can be viewed from Nara Park are flanked by blossom at this special time of year. The park, which is one of the oldest in Japan, is famous for its deer and provides a great place to wander among the cherry blossom. For a perfect lunch break, take a picnic and watch the world go by whilst sitting beneath the trees.
The quiet neighbourhood of Nakameguro draws people from across the city, visiting for its laid-back atmosphere, quirky cafes and fashion boutiques that line a picturesque canal, fringed by cherry blossom.
Cherry blossom frames the picture-perfect view of 16th-century Osaka Castle, located in Japan’s second largest city. Surrounded by a moat and a park with plum, peach and cherry blossom trees, this ancient castle is not to be missed.
Kyoto features a wealth of UNESCO Heritage Sites which offer a stunning backdrop for the cherry blossom trees. Guests on an RT Holidays tour can take an afternoon sightseeing excursion to visit idyllic cherry blossom viewing points such as Nijo Castle and the Kinkakuji Temple.
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