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Hanami - Cherry Blossom Season

Once the Cherry blossom buds start to swell, so do the hearts of all Japanese, young and old. Cherry blossom season is the start sign that winter is over and the warmer days are coming (nights are still cool though). The Blooming of the Cherry Blossoms is a hard thing to judge and depending where you are in the country, as the timing is slightly different. Generally you would need to be in Japan around 20 March to 10 April, as the peak periods would most likely be with in this range. The good thing about the Cherry blossom season, is that it is pretty much a free activity. All you have to find is a good park with a large amount of Cherry blossom trees, then buy a few drinks and snacks, and all you have to do after that is drink and be merry under the Cherry Blossom trees. If it is a weekday, selected Japanese salary-men will usually try to get good positions around lunch time (using picnic sheets) and if you stumble over one of these locations, you know it will be a popular area later in the evening. If it is the weekends, the out of the city sites are highly recommended to visit as they will be filled with University students, Families, and every other type of person. A free activity and it is most likely the Local will use the power of alcohol and Sale and start up a Cultural conversation with you. An Experience that will last you a lifetime and you will see how the Japanese enjoy on of the four seasons. Please ask our team for hints on this vibrating period of the year. Get in Contact with us NOW to create a wonderful journey for you including this experience!

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Scottie was the BEST! He kept in good contact with updates and planned our trip based on OUR needs and wants. We felt we got a great overview of Japan for our 2week trip and the Cherry Blossoms were off the charts! 10+++ As were our guides. Very good English and not your typical guide that repeats themselves over and over. That is very annoying as a tourist! The variety of all the cities and landscapes we saw. Seeing all the UNESCO sites and having my Temple book with all its stamps! only have 3 empty pages. Kanazawa - The Park was exquisite! Love the chi & feel of this city! The hotel was fabulous and we had 2 of the best meals based on their recommendations. Kyoto - having a driver for all the temples was the best! And then Scottie taking us out for the whole day to sip Whisky & Sake plus takes us to the secret temple not in any guide books was very special! (Personal remarks) 4 star hotels are not the same in the US. We would have only stayed at 4.5 and above. for the Wide view train – seats 1 are least desirable – farther back is better. Honjin Hiranoya has a free shuttle - found that out when we asked for a taxi - not sure if they will pick up guests arriving & the walk with luggage takes more like 15 minutes – TI next to station with map was very helpful. In Hakone we had no guide and communication was difficult as we wanted a driver to take us to see the temple, the lake & then to Odawara. It didn't happen but we did see Mt Fuji from the train..better than nothing. Ryokans - I thought we would be staying at a place more like a B & B than a hotel. Not as charming as I had envisioned. The one in Takayama really did a better job of creating more hominess and explaining how it all works. Osaka Hotel was in the train station which would have been helpful to know on our itinerary. Slight mix up as guide was on the platform and we assumed she would be on the other side of the exit gate. My personal thoughts - the trip should get better as it goes along and Kyoto was the main reason we even went. That hotel was only 4 star because they put a toothbrush & some cheesy amenities in the bathroom. The room was small with cheap furniture. it was disappointing after the Kanazawa experience.... READ MORE

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