Springtime in Japan is bursting with colour, with the debut of the flowering plum blossoms followed closely by the beautiful cherry blossoms. Flowers of all colours, varieties and shapes abound.
The Sakura of Japan are well known around the world for their radiant, delicate and transient beauty, but they are more than simply beautiful cherry blossom trees. Sakura are tied to Japan’s history, culture and identity. Originally used to divine the year’s harvest, Sakura came to embody Wabi-sabi philosophy and shinto ideals of impermanence, hope and renewal.
Japan Holidays has recently released two new fully-escorted 2019 tours – both travelling through the country in March-april to give travellers a never-to-be-forgotten Japan experience.
Departing Fri 22nd March — Sat 6th April 2019, with 15 nights in hotels & Japanese-style inns- this fully -escorted tour is timed to see the spectacular “Sakura” Cherry Blossoms and commences in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. Travelling via Mt Fuji , Kyoto and Nara, the original capital of Japan, we will also walk in the footsteps of pilgrims of the 1200 year old sacred Buddhist site – Koyasan. For centuries this isolated mountaintop complex has been the site of devotion and spiritual training, a Mecca for pilgrims and worshippers searching for enlightenment.
Departing Wed 27th March – Fri 5th April 2019, with 10 days, 9 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns, This fully -escorted tour will introduce you to colourful culture, captivating scenery and gourmet foods unique to Japan experienced only on this tour.
Start your tour with a visit to an intricately-built, 100+ year old kabuki theatre in Kyushu’s capital, Fukuoka. With each day, you’ll feast on natural wonders such as the powerful Mount Aso volcanic park, delicate beauty of Japanese gardens, lush forests and roaring waterfalls hidden deep in the forests of Kumamoto.