Experience the annual "hanami" celebrations to welcome the spring in Japan's most magical city
From 81.63 USD pp (based on 8 adults)
Private & 100% personalized tour
Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)
When the famous flowers are newly bloomed, the only way to celebrate cherry blossom season is with a hanami (cherry blossom viewing) picnic. With your host explaining the traditions surrounding this festive but fleeting time of year, head to a convenience store, a street food stall at Nikishi Market, or to one of Japan’s best-kept secrets: an underground food hall called a depachika. Here, you’ll browse for tasty picnic treats like sushi, bento boxes, and two seasonal hanami must-haves: bamboo shoots and pastel pink sakura mochi, the season’s favorite rice cakes. Pick the perfect spot in a park or garden to feast with families gathered together in a tangible atmosphere of excitement, joy, and hope.
In some Japanese cities, locals have to head to a park or garden to view cherry blossom trees; in Kyoto, they’re everywhere. You may be spoilt for choice, but luckily, your local insider knows exactly where to find the very best hanami picnic spots under the boughs of blooming sakura. You could stay in central Kyoto, and set up your spread of delicious springtime snacks in the botanical gardens, or you could relax under the shade of a cherry blossom tunnel at tranquil Lake Biwa canal. For an extra-festive experience, take a 20-minute train ride south of the city center to the Yawata Cherry Blossom Festival, or head a further 20 minutes off the beaten track to Yodo River Park, where a cherry blossom-lined road makes for a magical stroll.
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