Cherry blossom season a sell out for InsideJapan

Japan specialist InsideJapan has declared this spring the busiest blossom season ever with tours sold out until April 12.

Cherry blossom season a sell out for InsideJapan

Japan specialist InsideJapan has declared this spring the busiest blossom season ever with tours sold out until April 12.

Since opening its borders fully to international travel in autumn 2022, Japan has been in demand with the peak cherry blossom season (late March and early April) selling out for the operator.

As a result, InsideJapan are putting a stop to all new enquiries travelling before April 12 and are encouraging travellers to book beyond spring.

“Spring and the ‘hanami’ blossom season is always popular with places such as Kyoto actually filling up their accommodation as international and domestic tourists head to the cultural capital,” said Agent Sales and Marketing Manager, Matthew Spiller. “However, this year there are additional factors in play such as the diminishing number of flights, along with the pent-up demand that are forcing InsideJapan to call time on prime blossom bookings.”

This year will be the first cherry blossom season open to international travellers in four years.

Spiller adds: “We know what makes this country special. No matter how good Japan is in the spring blossom period, we want people to understand that Japan is so good throughout the year. It is an experience not just for spring and we do our utmost to ensure that people get the best Japan they can, whenever they travel.”

For travellers still keen to see the cherry blossom, InsideJapan recommends venturing north or booking early for next year.

“The northern Tohoku region and island of Hokkaido see the cherry trees bloom slightly later in late April and early May,” says Spiller. “It is also the case that people flock to the same places along the ‘Golden Route’. There are other incredible places full of heritage and their own very Japanese character – Kanazawa being one with its samurai districts and one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan.

“May is also an underrated month with good weather and gardens in full bloom. It is the autumnal months that really give spring a run for their money in terms of beauty as the ‘Koyo’ autumn leaf viewing season kicks in from October to early December lighting up mountainsides and temple gardens with fiery reds and orange leaves. The winter months offer clear skies – a veritable winter wonderland with snow covering much of the country.”

InsideJapan is continuing to tailor cultural adventures from late spring and has just launched its 2024 small group tour dates, and is expecting the spring dates to sell fast. Due to some late cancellations, there are a very small number of places that are again available on their spring small group tours for 2023. 

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