Every year, people from the Aloha State can experience the cherry blossoms in Japan. It’s a favorite pastime of many people from Hawaii to visit Japan to see the cherry blossoms bloom each year.
For the Japanese, the cherry blossoms or sakura is the most iconic flower of the country. Every spring, they admire cherry blossoms and have a picnic party under the blooming trees. The hanami or cherry blossom viewing is one of the most popular events of spring in Japan. Starting from late March through early May, cherry blossoms across Japan will be in peak bloom in one region after another. Cherry blossoms in Kyushu start blooming earlier than other regions of Japan. The opening of cherry blossoms moves northward as time goes by.
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On some tours, we visit the town of Hakata, in the heart of Fukuoka. Besides its cherry blossoms, it’s a city famous for its ramen and yatai or open air food stands. Yatai are possibly the city’s best known symbol. Yatai can generally seat about seven or eight people. They provide an outdoor environment for enjoying foods that are simple and filling. Typical dishes at yatai are yakitori grilled chicken skewers, oden hot pots and Hakata ramen. Hakata ramen is a famous local dish featuring thin ramen noodles in a pork bone based soup.
On other tours, we will visit Kokura, an ancient feudal castle town guarding the Straits of Shimonoseki. The best cherry blossom viewing spot will be at Showa Ike Park or Kokuraminami-ku. This is truly a beautiful place. Here, you’ll see Showa Lake with 1200 cherry blossom trees circling the lakefront. Other places to see in this town are the 100-year old Tanga market and Shin-Moji port.
Sometimes, we’ll visit Karatsu, a castle town blessed with a variety of beautiful natural scenery. The name “Karatsu” derives from it being an ideal tsu or port to Kara. Kara was the ancient name for Korea and China. One there, we’ll spend our evenings at ryokans. Ryokans types of small inns offering traditional Japanese lifestyle and hospitality. Here, you will be able to enjoy traditional Japanese dinners and even an osen hot spring bath at some locations.
Some of our tour packages to Japan include a visit to Yanagawa. Here, we’ll take a cruise on a donko-bune, a long flat-bottomed boat. A boatman will pole the craft through shallow waters, forested areas and rice paddies while singing to you.
On other tours, we’ll visit Kumamoto Castle, one of the most impressive castles in Japan. With 800 cherry trees, this is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in late March and early April. While other tours cover Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan. Here we’ll experience the ropeway ride, which was one of the first trams in the world built on an active volcano.
On all of our Japan tours from Hawaii, there will be many chances for you to shop along the way and bring home some omiyage for your friends and family back home.
Hopefully, we’ll see you on our next breathtaking tour of cherry blossoms in Japan. Check out our Japan tour packages, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (808) 734-1961 if you have questions or need more information.