TravelPapa gives you an opportunity to meet this spring in the country where the new day begins. And the best time to visit Japan is hanami season.
Round-trip flights NYC ⇄ Tokyo (Apr. 4 – 11, 2014) start from $935 (flight details: https://www.travelpapa.com/y/n)
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Hanami, which means “flower viewing”, is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of cherry blossoms, or sakura. From the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan, and around the first of February on the island of Okinawa.
In modern-day Japan, the Japanese people continue the tradition of hanami, gathering in great numbers wherever the flowering trees are found. Thousands of people fill the parks to hold feasts under the flowering trees, and sometimes these parties go on until late at night. In more than half of Japan, the cherry blossoming days come at the same time of the beginning of school and work after vacation, and so welcoming parties are often opened with hanami. Usually, people go to the parks to keep the best places to celebrate hanami with friends, family, and company coworkers many hours or even days before. In cities like Tokyo, it’s also common to have celebrations under the sakura at night.
The cherry blossom front is forecast each year, previously by the Japan Meteorological Agency and now by private agencies, and is watched with attention by those who plan to celebrate hanami because the blossoms last for very little time, usually no more than two weeks. The first cherry blossoms happen in the subtropical southern islands of Okinawa, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom much later. In most large cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season normally takes place around the end of March and the beginning of April.