Here at House of Coco we have Japan right at the top of our ‘fave places to visit’ and it’s been our goal to go back during the famous Cherry Blossom season. Mainly just so we can get THE perfect insta shot!
We’re not alone as this is the time of year that locals and tourists alike look forward to and it’s forecast to start in Japan towards the end of March. The beautiful spectacle of pink and white cherry blossoms that fill Japan has been closely monitored by Japan experts, Wendy Wu Tours, who anticipate it to begin in Tokyo on 20 March.
Appearing from late March to the end of April*, the cherry blossom season is eagerly awaited by both locals and tourists alike. Known as ‘Sakura’ in Japanese, they’re the country’s national flower and create beautiful pink landscapes in both the cities and countryside when in bloom.
Celebrations amongst locals bring an upbeat atmosphere throughout the whole country, who follow the blossoms as they travel the top to toe of the country. As Japan specialists, Wendy Wu Tours, has experienced incredible demand for cherry blossom season and Japan in general – and has secured more 2018 departure dates than any other operator to fulfil demand. They are still expecting all tours to sell out-out fast, so booking early is always recommended.
Five Japan itineraries include a selection of departure dates over the 2018 Cherry Blossom season, including the 8-day ‘A Week in Japan’ tour – from £3,890pp and the 13-day ‘Discover Japan’ trip – from £5,490pp.
“The cherry blossom season is a magical time in Japan and at Wendy Wu Tours, we’re excited to have increased UK departures for 2018, to give even more travellers the opportunity to experience this stunning phenomenon. We urge travellers to book now for the 2018 season to avoid missing out on their preferred dates and before it sells-out!” said Senior Product & Commercial Manager, Rowan Goldthorp, Wendy Wu Tours.
The cherry blossom season is a symbol of new beginnings and traditionally acts as the start of the rice-planting season. The arrival of the season is carefully monitored by the Japanese Meteorological Agency and followed on the news by the general public.
Families and locals consider the cherry blossom season, as the most exciting time of the year and plan their holidays around it, hosting ‘Hanami’ or ‘flower viewing’ parties under the trees, where they will feast on bento boxes, dumplings and sake cherry blossom season, a wonderful time for tourists to gain a deeper understanding of local culture. There are even pink-themed gods such as the cherry blossom Kit Kat.
For more information or to book, please visit www.wendywutours.co.uk/japan/cherry-blossoms or call 0800 902 0888.