I'm planning to go to Tokyo in March/April. Is this a good time to go weather-wise? Also, is it worth trying to go when cherry blossoms blossom?
Posted on Dec 21, 2010
Try to coordinate your trip around the Cherry Blossom Festival so you can see the Japanese celebrate spring as the Cherry Trees blossom. In Ueno Park in downtown Tokyo, you can see countless families and friend congregate in this park and many others, drinking and eating under the blossoming trees.
A trip to a Hot Springs (packages available from Tokyo) is a great experience. You should be able to find some excursions for those who don't speak Japanese. Sitting in a 104 degree natural hot springs near the crashing waves of the ocean is a special experience. This is possible in the Izu peninsula less than 2 hours from Tokyo. Izu Hokkawa is a train stop on the JR line to Atami where you can go for a few hours and sit in the public bath that borders the Pacific Ocean. When I was there I got a map at the station, walked to the bath alongside the ocean, paid my 500 yen and took off my clothes and jumped in. Amazing.
The Odakyu Train line has connections to Hakone and the Izu peninsula, and has overnight packages where you can stay in different types of Japanese Inns, from hotels to ryokkans where meals are brought to your room by elderly ladies wearing kimono.
The symbol for an Onsen (Japanese bath hotel or resort) is an oval with three spiraling lines above it. These are for the three baths you are expected to take while there for a one night stay. Your arrive and bathe, then eat dinner and bathe, and then in the morning bathe again. Leaving such an experience your cheeks will be rosy for days, as your body will have retained some of the heat of the spring water for a while. This is a key to health, in the eyes of the country's citizens.
Enjoy your trip and consider a JR Rail pass if you plan to travel around the country. It is a bargain, and can be validated and use started at the airport, for travel into downtown Tokyo.
Posted Jan 16, 2011Add a comment
March/April, and especially during Cherry Blossom season are great times to visit Tokyo.
If you get lonesome for a American steak dinner, go to Roy's. Order a baked potato in advance from your hotel concierge. The staff will be saying "welcome" in Japanese as soon as you hit the door. It's a hoot.
If you are not staying there, stop at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Imperial Hotel, across from the Emperor's palace grounds. You'll see all types of very interesting international business and diplomatic types in the lobby, which may even include a sheik in full costume with armed bodyguards. Another interesting experience.
Warm Regards and Happy Travels,
Oklahoma City, OK
Posted Dec 21, 2010Add a comment
Nathan - You picked a great time to go. As Lance mentioned, you will be in the middle of Sakura (Cherry) blossom season. If you can get to Kyoto I would highly recommend it as it is particularly beautiful at that time of year. As the 'cultural capital' of Japan, Kyoto is at its finest in Spring...and you can easily reach it via Shinkansen (bullet train). Enjoy! - Mike
Posted on Dec 21, 2010
Nathan - The Spring is an incredible time of year to visit Japan. The Sakura (cherry) blossom season is one the best times to go. I would also recommend that if you have an extra day or two that you try to visit Kyoto as it is beautiful and its really only a few hour Shinkansen ride from central Tokyo. Enjoy! Mike
Posted Dec 22, 2010Add a comment
May and October/early November are the best times of the year in Tokyo. March can still be cold with periodic rain/sleet, and April tends to be, well, mercurial as the weather can't seem to decide if it's ready for a full commitment to spring.
Posted Dec 22, 2010Add a comment
While the weather is unpredictable if you are lucky you might be able to catch Sakura (the cherry blossoms). The season runs from late March to mid-May along the island chain with Okinawa at the beginning and Hokkiado at the end. Mid to late April would probably be good timing in Tokyo.
Posted on Dec 24, 2010
It is definitely good time to go there. Actually one of the best time in Japan. It might be a bit chilly, but better than SF in March :)
You should go there when cherry bossoms blossom in Tokyo. That's the one of the few things that I miss about Japan. You'll be amazed how beautiful they are.
Posted Dec 27, 2010Add a comment
Its perfect... i slept up at Higashi goen on a day walk nap, as my eyes opened i had a blanket of sakura blossoms all over me. Guess my timing was perfect cuz the park went from green to pink. Don't forget to get a rail pass (which only foreigners can get ) so you can travel to other parts in case you wanted to experience a variety of weather
Posted Dec 30, 2010Add a comment
Perfect time to visit Japan. The cherry blossom season is one of my favorites. There are plenty of trees in Tokyo proper but if you want to really see some good blooms you've got to get out of the city and go to some of the smaller towns just outside of Tokyo (maybe 45min-1:15 train ride). Definitely worth it.
Posted Dec 31, 2010Add a comment
Everybody's already indicated that it's a good time to go, which it certainly is. My word of caution is that it is also the end of the school year which means all school kids are out. So you will want to make reservations well ahead of time especially for the trains and hotels.
In Tokyo and other major cities, there will be "hanami" festivals - cherry blossom viewing. Weather-wise, it is about comparable to Washington DC (the cherry blossoms along the basin in DC were a gift from the Japanese gov't....comparable climate and they blossom around the same time as Japan's).
Posted Jan 08, 2011Add a comment
end of march/early april is a great time to be in tokyo, but don't make the mistake i made-- bring a winter coat! i assumed it would be warmer and just brought a trench coat. i was pretty miserable. it also rained A LOT, so bring your galoshes!
i arrived on march 21 and the cherry blossoms were just starting to come out. but as we went further south, the blossoms weren't completely open even a few days into april.
even if all the tokyo-ites aren't out in full-throttle hanami mode, the presence of sakura is EVERYWHERE in cherry blossom season-- every store is decorated in pink and every bakery has blossom-flavored specialties! it's really worth being there just to witness the japanese obsession with the blossoms.
Posted Jan 09, 2011Add a comment