Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan

Here are the best places for cherry blossom viewing, also known as ‘hanami’, in Japan: Ueno Park A huge park with seemingly hundreds of cherry blossom trees.  Very, very busy, but great atmosphere. Ueno travel guide More in Tokyo Himeji Castle Himeji Castle is breath-taking during the cherry blossom season.  It’s free if you justContinue reading “Top 10 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan”

Top 10 Autumn Color Spots in Japan

Here are our top 10 places to visit in Japan for the autumn leaves! 1. Meiji Jingu Gaien (明治神宮外苑) Have a lovely walk down the road leading to the Emperor’s palace. When: Late November to early December The closest station is Gaienmae on the Metro Ginza line.  2. Mount Takao (高尾山) Take a relaxing hike orContinue reading “Top 10 Autumn Color Spots in Japan”

Top 5 Autumn color spots in Tohoku

Don’t forget Tohoku when planning your Autumn colors trip! There are some amazing places to visit, with cheap access and unspoiled views. Be sure to bring a camera with a big memory card, put into panoramic mode, and fire away. Places in Tohoku can be quite spread out, so if you are traveling here weContinue reading “Top 5 Autumn color spots in Tohoku”

Top 5 Autumn color spots in Hokkaido

Want to head up north to Hokkaido for the Autumn leaves this year? The vast nature here, unspoiled by all the concrete and construction of more populated areas makes it an awesome place to see the red and golden leaves. Times vary for when to see the leaves in Hokkaido, so please check each places averageContinue reading “Top 5 Autumn color spots in Hokkaido”

Top 5 Autumn Color Spots in Kyoto and Kansai

Just like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto in the Kansai region have some great spots for viewing the colorful autumn leaves. Here are the best! Unless otherwise noted, the best time is usually Mid November to early December. 1. Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺) In our opinion the best place in Kyoto for autumn colors, his temple becomes a hugeContinue reading “Top 5 Autumn Color Spots in Kyoto and Kansai”

See the cherry blossoms before it’s too late! At Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden is one of the main parks in Tokyo, and is therefore great for cherry blossoms (sakura).  We went there to take some pics, before enjoying the special sakura bath at the nearby Sakura Hot Spring. By that we mean pink silky water! We followed the easy to use recommended course for cherry blossomContinue reading “See the cherry blossoms before it’s too late! At Rikugien Garden”

Stunning Sakura! Cherry Blossoms in Ueno Park, Tokyo

Ueno Park is one of the most popular free places to go for cherry blossom viewing.  It gets really, really crowded, but there are so many different types of cherry blossom trees in many different areas, so it’s a must visit if you are in Japan during the cherry blossom season. There is a nice route aroundContinue reading “Stunning Sakura! Cherry Blossoms in Ueno Park, Tokyo”

Sakura has started! Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Cherry Blossoms

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is one of the best places to enjoy the cherry blossoms in Tokyo.  I recently went there to see if ‘sakura‘ had already started.  Many of the trees were already in full bloom, while others were nearly, nearly there.  This tree greets you at the Okubo entrance. Some of the trees wereContinue reading “Sakura has started! Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Cherry Blossoms”

The best cherry blossom spots in Tokyo

Here are some of the best places for Sakura in Tokyo: Ueno Park A huge park with seemingly hundreds of cherry blossom trees.  Very, very busy, but great atmosphere. Ueno travel guide. Shinjuku Gyoen Garden A very easy to access park.  Much quieter than the other main parks. Shinjuku Gyoen Garden travel guide Inokashira ParkContinue reading “The best cherry blossom spots in Tokyo”

Plum Trees in Tokyo – Mukojima-Hyakkaen Garden

Mukojima-Hyakkaen Garden is a small little garden, not far from the Tokyo Skytree.  It’s famous for it’s plum trees, so I went there for the first time recently. The park is dotted with these kind of plum trees. The Japanese love to take photos of plum trees, not just cherry blossoms and autumn colours. TheContinue reading “Plum Trees in Tokyo – Mukojima-Hyakkaen Garden”

Japan Cherry Blossom Forecasts for 2014 (Updated)

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) is fast approaching and the Japan Weather Association has just posted their updated forecasts for each area.  They will probably blossom a little earlier than usual this year. The best time for seeing the cherry blossoms are usually about a week after the expected opening.

Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park Autumn Colors Report

While on a walk along the Tama Monorail, I came across Takahata-Fudoson.  It’s a big tourist attraction, but seems to be off the tourist map for foreigners.  It’s a great place for Autumn Colors. The entrance to the temple and park. There was a nice little pond surrounded my statues and rocks such as these.Continue reading “Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park Autumn Colors Report”