Spring is one of the best times of year to visit the island of Japan. The weather is ideal, there are plenty of festivals, and, of course, the world-renowned cherry blossoms are in full bloom. If you’re planning a trip to Japan this year, consider visiting between March and May for some of the best tourism the country has to offer.

Book a ticket, pack a bag, and purchase foreign currency from us before you go. Ready to hit the road? Here’s what to expect when you visit Japan this spring:

Weather

The three-month period from March to May brings clear blue skies, little rainfall, and plenty of springtime blooms to Japan. Spring is a great time to travel, as everything is unthawing from winter, but not as hot as the summer months. It definitely won’t be as cold as winter, though it’s advisable to bring a variety of light layers.

If you miss the spring season, you can always head to Japan in the fall. Late autumn is another favorite season in Japan for locals and tourists alike. No matter what season you go, purchase foreign currency online first to save money and travel stress-free.

Things to See and Do

Japan is famous for its light pink to white blossoms, which appear every spring on the sakura tree. These beautiful blooms fill the skies with a cotton candy-like roundness that draws millions of nature lovers from around the world. The trees bloom from mid-March to late April, offering a solid viewing season. There are plenty of festivals across the country to celebrate these flowering trees.

Strawberry picking is another popular springtime activity in Japan. The candy-like red fruits are prolific during spring, making for a profitable day of fruit picking. There are plenty of farms to visit within a short drive of Tokyo.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a mountain sightseeing drive built in the 1970s. The entire route is only available in the spring and summer, so now is the time to go. The full route offers 90 kilometers of stunning mountain scenery, and is open from Apr. 15 to Nov. 30.

In Japan, spring is primetime for celebrating. Sanja Festival (or matsuri), one of Tokyo’s biggest and best events, honors the men who founded one of the city’s most impressive Buddhist temples. Takayama Matsuri is a 17th-century tradition involving floats, traditional costume, and ancient music. Kanda Matsuri is a huge festival at Kanda Shrine in Tokyo.

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