A Japan trip would be lovely anytime of the year, but of course the best time is when the cherry trees blossom, that is March and April. When I say March and April, do not think that this lovely time of the year lasts for two whole months. Actually, the case is; the trees start to blossom in Southest part of Japan, around mid March and lasts only one week. However, as weeks go by, the blossom time for trees go Norther. To be at the very same place with the cherry blossoms requires lots of good planning and a bit of luck. or visa versa.
We were lucky, we spent a whole week in Japan and in the every city we’ve been, cherry trees were at their best times. Our trip was between 29th March to 7th April, and our route was Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone and Tokyo.
However, please keep in mind that, this time of the year is very important for Japanese people and not only foreign tourists, but also Japan people travel following the blossom time. Therefore, make sure to start planning your trip around, well, NOW!!
Our first day in Japan, was with an awful lot of rain. However, in our only day in Osaka, we did not want to miss the chance to visit the Osaka-Jo Park and the Osaka Castle, which are the main highlights of Osaka, therefore, we did walk a good hour under the rain, got wet…very wet…really very wet and managed to reach the castle itself.
The building itself, as you see, a very typical Japan architecture outside, but a very typical museum decoration inside. Nothing remained original, so you go up with elevator to 5th floor, enjoy the view…
…and go down using the stairs to see installations, exhibitions, museum shop, museum cafe and toilets.
There said to be a nice view up on the 5th floor, not today unfortunately. However, the exibits were interesting to learn the history and culture of Japan.
Next: shopping time at Midosuji and travel to Hiroshima