Cherry Blossom in Japan
Tokyo, Miyajima, Kyoto & Hakone
Visit Japan in spring to see the beautiful cherry blossom in full bloom. Combine your stay with some time in the ancient city of Kyoto and neon lights of Tokyo to see the highlights of this fascinating and evocative country.
At a Glance
Following an early morning sushi platter at the fish market enjoy some shopping on Ginza street
Miyajima is one of the crown jewels of Japan
If you have seen the film Lost in Translation, you will feel part of it at the Sky Bar at the Park Hyatt Tokyo
From Kyoto take the train to Nara, which used to be the capital city of Japan, a long time ago.
March and April is the perfect time to see the Cherry Blossoms, something Japan is well known for
Feel completely indulged and pampered at Gora Kadan, surrounded by stunning mountain views
Enjoy the traditional and luxurious nature of The Sekitei, overlooking beautiful manicured gardens
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This itinerary takes you to Hakone National Park and Miyajima Island, two of the best and most picturesque places to see Japan’s famous cherry blossom. You will have time to wander round and see the ever-changing beautiful colors of the cherry trees, an amazing sight and a reason to visit Japan in itself. In Hakone you can also take advantage of the famous geothermal springs and in Miyajima, make sure you visit the red ‘floating’ torii gate. In both places, you will stay in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn with traditional tatami-mat style rooms and grand Kaiseki dinners made up of 9 courses designed to highlight both local produce and incredible different styles of cooking.
Whilst in Japan, it would be a shame not to visit the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto and a few nights in luxurious western hotels have also been included. When in Tokyo, it is worth getting up early to visit the largest fish market in the world, a fun experience where you can watch the auctions for huge tuna fish. Spend some time in Shinjuku with its neon lights and shop in Ginza. For the foodies out there Tokyo offers an incredible array of fantastic restaurants which are not to be missed and can be booked in advance. Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan and with hundreds of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, there is lots to see. Spend some time in Gion, the Geisha district and if you are lucky you might see a Geisha going to an appointment in the late afternoon. You could even try on a kimono or take part in a traditional tea ceremony although this should be pre-booked.
Your last night is spent at the Park Hyatt, the iconic hotel of Tokyo where "Lost in Translation" was filmed before coming home. The views from here are breathtaking and is the perfect spot for your last night in Japan.
Location & Directions
Tokyo, Miyajima, Kyoto & Hakone
The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is located in Nihonbashi, within easy distance from the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park. From Tokyo take the fast train to Hiroshima, staying at The Sekitei in Miyajimaguchi, a short car and ferry ride away from Miyajima Island. Then head east to Hyatt Regency Kyoto, in the traditional and historic area of Higashiyama Shichijo, in the heart of Kyoto. Located just a few minutes away from JR Kyoto Train Station. Next to Gora Kadan in the heart of the Fuji-Hakone National Park with spectacular views of the Haya-Kawa River as well as the Hakone Mountains. The final stay is at Park Hyatt Tokyo which occupies the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower, located in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, close to Shinjuku Station, Shinjuku Park, Nishi Shinjuku, and areas of Shibuya and Aoyama.
When to go
The best time to visit Japan to see the cherry blossom is late March or early April although this can vary year by year. If you are not able to visit in spring then the autumnal colors are also stunning.