Tokyo under the cherry blossoms
Like the Japanese, celebrate the cherry blossoms with this unforgettable "Sakura" special day during which your guide will take you through the best Hanami spots in the capital.
Hanami, a thousand-year-old tradition strongly anchored in Japanese customs
It's the promise that winter is coming to an end, it's the awakening of the vegetation, and even if it's usually still cold, it's the time when Japanese people say goodbye to scarves and hello to little jackets. Yes, we are talking about the cherry blossom.
April in Japan is also the beginning of the school year and the financial year, and therefore synonymous with renewal in many more contexts than in Western countries, and for more than a millennium, the Japanese have celebrated spring with as much fervor, if not more, than New Year's Day.
The tradition of Hanami (literally, cherry blossom contemplation, and more globally, the famous picnics under the cherry blossoms) is an opportunity to get together with friends or colleagues, and to celebrate the coming of spring with lots of drinking, laughter, and group games.
During this visit, your guide will be there to make you enjoy this festive atmosphere.
Sakura, the emblematic flower of Japan
With the Japanese love for flowers and appreciation of all that is ephemeral, a Hanami day can also be a philosophical stroll if you are in the mood. You will learn all about the history of Hanami, and for the most sensitive, the cherry blossom invoking joy, nostalgia and sadness at the same time, you will be able to share this finesse of feeling.
For the cherry blossom reflects a Buddhist concept in Japanese culture, the "mono no aware", i.e. "the pathos of things" which teaches appreciating both the melancholy and the beauty in the impermanence of all things.
To prepare yourself, watch (or re-watch) Naomi Kawase's Tokyo Delights, or Yasujiro Ozu's Late Spring, or Takeshi Kitano's Dolls.
It will also be an opportunity to delight the taste buds (or at least to experience new tastes) as the day will be punctuated by tasting breaks of seasonal dishes with the taste of cherry blossom.
Avoid traps during cherry blossom season
Many travelers choose this time to visit Japan, and it is easy to fall into the traps of tourist attractions and get stuck in the crowd (and for the time being, say goodbye to philosophical contemplation), or to miss the good spots if you don't understand the timing of the bloom.
With your guide, you will of course go to the most emblematic places, but you will also visit hidden spots where you will have more intimacy with the trees in bloom. He will adapt to the weather, the crowds and the progression of the bloom.
Hurry up, because the flowering is ephemeral
You who read this page are certainly dreaming or already planning your trip to Japan at the time of the cherry blossoms. You have chosen the right time, and you will also make the right choice by taking this tour.
In the temples, around the imperial palace, along the rivers, or even in the cemeteries, emerging from their buds, fully bloomed or already losing their petals in the wind, which sakura will please you the most?
We invite you to make reservations as soon as possible, as places will be limited, as the visit will only take place during the short cherry blossom period.
If you have booked a date, but due to the weather the cherry trees are not/no longer in bloom in Tokyo at the time of your visit, you can instead enjoy a "Tokyo Discovery Day" for the same price.
The meeting point will be at the Kudanshita station.
Not included in the offer
- Transport - Lunch - Paid admissions
Up to 7 days before: 0%
Between 7 days before and 5:00 p.m.the previous day: 50%
After 5:00 p.m.the previous day and same day: 100%