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Are you planning a Tokyo vacation during Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival? You've picked a great time to arrive. The beauty of the Cherry Blossom Flower is an unforgettable memory.

It's a unique story to take home and share with your friends and family. You'll enjoy a peep into the Authentic Japanese culture, the one you've seen in movies like 'The last Samurai', 'Rashumon' and other Samurai movies. It's a happy time in Tokyo, and you can join in on the fun by having a picnic with the locals. Sake wine and some Traditional Japanese foods will make the language barrier nonexistent. But first things first…


Getting Ready For Tokyo
Spring is the most glorious time in Tokyo. The Weather in Tokyo during this season (end of March-May) is very pleasant. Spring rains can happen (which is a tragedy because they cause the Cherry Blossom petals to fall), but basically the weather is mild and comfortable. Temperatures are around 8-18 degrees, and there is an average of 10 days of gentle rain during April. And now you're probably asking yourself …

What should I Pack For Spring In Tokyo?
Tokyo climate in spring requires packing light jackets and sweaters. For the Evening take something warmer, since temperatures drop drastically. Since it's a Japanese custom to take off your shoes indoors, you might find yourself taking off your shoes very often. Include a pair of shoes that you can slip on and off easily. Make sure your travel packing list includes your best looking socks to avoid embarrassing moments when taking off your shoes. Comfortable shoes for walking are essential. You'll be doing a lot of that. For more on what to pack, electricity in Tokyo, and other essential Tips, Check Tokyo Packing List – http://www.tokyo-top-guide.com/Packing_Checklist.html One more important thing …


Your Cell Phone Will Probably Not Work
Due to different technologies, cell phones from your home country may not work in Japan. The major technical reason is because the Japanese Cell phone system works through a different system than the standard one used in North America and Europe. Renting a Japanese cell phone while in Tokyo is usually best. Click here for more info on that – http://www.tokyo-top-guide.com/Cell_Phones.html

Tokyo is perfectly safe. Crimes against visitors are almost unheard of. That is of course if you're not deliberately looking for trouble in the sleaziest bars at the red lights district in Shinjuku. Personal belongings left behind, are generally turned in to the local police station. Women visiting Tokyo generally feel very safe, including travelling by themselves in the Tokyo subway. There are no dangerous districts in Tokyo, and if you accidently go on the wrong train, there's no panic – just get off at the next station and ask for directions.

If you have a problem figuring out the Japanese money just hand a few coins to the store clerk, the taxi driver or the waiter. You can expect them to be honest, and return the exact amount of change. Here are a few other things to consider before jumping on the Tokyo Transportaion…


Tips Before Landing In Narita Airport In Japan
Since the Airport in Tokyo is located outside the city, and since traffic jams at rush hours are a big thing here, you should consider a one to two hour trip to the city. Exact time depends on rush hours and the type of transportation you choose to use. Do yourself a favor and avoid the crowded Tokyo subway during rush hours, certainly if you're a first-timer.

Also, Tokyo subway stations are notoriously known for their long passageways, many stairs (no elevators) and are not an easy place to tackle even without luggage. The best way to arrive from Narita Airport to your hotel, certainly if you're landing in Tokyo for the first time, is the Narita Limousine bus. Why is it an excellent option? The Narita Airport Limousine Bus stops at major hotels in the city, so it's practically a 'door to door' service if you're staying in one of them. For a list of Affordable Hotels I Tokyo Click herehttp://www.tokyo-top-guide.com/Cheap_Hotel_Tokyo.html

No carrying suitcases around. Your luggage is put onto the bus by efficient attendants wearing white gloves. The driver himself will take it off the bus straight to the hands of your hotel employees. Even if your hotel is not included in the bus route it would be easier than going by train and carrying the suitcases along the never ending corridors of the Tokyo subway. Just take a Taxi to your Tokyo Hotel from one of their stops in the city. Ask at the Narita Limousine bus ticket booth, which is located right after you collect your luggage. Click here for more on Narita Airport – http://www.tokyo-top-guide.com/Narita_Airport.html


Narita Airport is usually packed at this time of the year. The Cherry Blossom Festival attracts loads of tourists, who arrive for a very good reason. One piece of advice - Book Accommodation as early as possible. And here are valuable Tips for finding Cheap short term Rental Tokyo Apartments – http://www.tokyo-top-guide.com/Tokyo-Apartments.html

Cheap flights to Tokyo
Let's face it, if you're coming from United States, Australia or Europe, even Cheap Flights to Tokyo are not going to be cheap. Your flights to Tokyo may very well be the biggest expense of the whole trip. But because it's such a big expense, you can save a considerable amount of money by making sure you get the cheapest Japan flights. It may not be as difficult as you expect to find cheap flights to Tokyo since there are many airlines flying in. Sometimes you can find Japan flights at Special Discounts at certain times of the week. But you have to take the time to search and compare offers. If cheap Japan flights are your target, then one of the most important things to know is that flights From Tokyo have highly seasonal prices. Unfortunately Spring is the main tourist season in Tokyo, and it is the time with the most expensive flights. But don't give up yet… When looking for a Cheap flight Japan, or any other destination, its best to treat it as a product like any other. You can find a good deal to Tokyo when you take the time to look around and compare offers. To find flights to Tokyo and flights from Tokyo you have to start shopping around early. Don't hope for last minute deals to Tokyo.

A Cheap Flight Japan can be found only if you book early.  Pick a flight that leaves extra early (or very late). These flights are less popular and can sometimes have a lower price tag. Do include a weekend in your itinerary, because otherwise airlines will assume you’re a business traveler and the price accordingly goes up. Sometimes, it pays off to split your flight to Tokyo into several flights. Especially if there are a lot of cheap tickets available on your route.

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When To Come
When is the Best time to visit Tokyo to catch the Cherry Blossom flower? Well...I wish I could give you a simple answer… The thing is – The blooming time of the Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees changes from year to year depending on the weather. If weather before is mild, flowers will open early. If it was very cold that winter, the trees will open later. The start of the season can change from year to year by as much as two weeks. On top of that, the flowers are so fragile that even a warm spring rain can easily cause the petals to fall. Every year the Meteorological Agency and the media followed the 'Japan cherry blossom front' as it slowly proceeds, giving reports on the advance of the 'Sakura zensen' ('Japan cherry blossom front' ). Here's as close as you can get to…


Best Time To Arrive For Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
During Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival Japan is filled with visitors carrying huge cameras, trying to catch some great cherry blossom pictures. Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan is the highlight of the year as they carry their professional looking cameras around, trying to get some great cherry blossom pictures. The Cherry Blossom in Japan is relatively short. Full bloom is usually reached within one week after the opening of the first Cherry Blossom flower.

A week later, the bloom is over, and the Cherry Blossom flowers are falling from the trees. So there is a sense of urgency that comes with Cherry Blossom festival.


In Tokyo, the festival takes place around the end of March and beginning of April. In Japan's southern island Okinawa, it starts around January, while on the northern island - Hokkaido, as late as May. Even if your vacation in Tokyo falls at the end of the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, it's still a big Tokyo attraction as the Cherry Blossom flower petals fall very beautifully and look like pink snowflakes. Of course, not all Cherry Blossom Trees in Tokyo open on the same day. A Cherry Blossom Tree in a shadowy place will bloom several days later than a Cherry Blossom Tree in a sunny place. For this reason, a set of representative sample trees has been chosen, to identify the date of Kaika - the opening of the Cherry Blossom Festival. In Tokyo, the sample trees which give the representative cherry blossom branch are located at Yasukuni Shrine. When these Cherry Blossom trees bloom, the starting of the Japanese Cherry Blossom festival can be announced. Perhaps you're having second thoughts, you might be asking…


What's All The Hype About?
First of all – it's a spectacular sight, poetic and electrifying at the same time. Yes. I've seen Cherry Blossom trees bloom in Central park, but there's no comparing.

Imagine a magical Japanese city, with obvious remains of the past, that is covered with various shades of pink that almost shine in daylight. The cherry blossom trees are illuminated gloriously at night. One of the Best Things To Do in Tokyo is to view Cherry Blossom flowers in the evening - it's called yozakura.

Picture yourself sitting outside Yasukuni Jinja Shrine, where a thousand Cherry Blossom trees are planted, or near the Imperial Palace Gardens, or strolling along Sumida River Park. I hope the photos help stir up your imagination.


Cherry Blossom Flower has a symbolic meaning in Japan. It’s the national flower of Japan, and a much loved one. The Cherry Blossom Flower signifies the arrival of spring. Sakura (Cherry Blossom in Japan) also marks the beginning of the new academic year (Japanese school year starts in April) and the new financial year for business. Sakura (cherry blossom) and Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) have been a Japanese custom since the 7th century when the Japanese Shoguns enjoyed viewing the magnificent Cherry Blossom Flowers. Japanese artists wrote poems and painted images of it.

The delicate beauty of the Cherry Blossom Flower stirred their imagination, and symbolized purity and melancholy.


The meaning and symbolism is translated into the traditional Japanese samurai spirit, the belief that life is short and beautiful, like the Cherry Blossom Flower's life span. To the Samurai warriors in Ancient Japanese Culture or Japanese soldiers during World WarII, it was considered a big honor to die in the battlefield like scattered Cherry Blossom petals. So a glorious death is the other side - the darker side, of the festival symbolism. By the way, the Japanese Cherry Blossom Tree does not grow fruits like cherry trees in other countries. The cherry tree is celebrated and admired in Japan for esthetic reasons only. So, now that we've covered Cherry Blossom meaning, let's take care of…

Joining In On The Fun
There's loads of Traditional Things to Do in Tokyo during Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival. Typical events include tea ceremonies, traditional Japanese music and dance performances. How can you celebrate the Festival just like the Japanese? It's very common to share a picnic with friends and family under the glorious Japanese Cherry Blossom trees.


These huge picnics are a Fun thing to do. You'll probably wonder why the Japanese got such a name for being reserved and formal. Well…the truth is - Japanese people see Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival as an opportunity to wind down, socialize and drink. It's an important social event, a chance to fool around a bit. There are lots of unique Traditional Japanese foods for that festival, and a lot of Sake and excellent Japanese beer involved. By evening time most of the participants will find it hard to recognize a cherry blossom branch from a traffic sign. Some places are so popular, the locals reserve a picnic spot long before the Cherry Blossom celebrations are held. Locals spread a picnic sheet early in the morning and mark it with their name and starting time. Some companies even send someone to keep an eye on the spot the whole day (like in the funny picture bellow) until the rest of the group arrives after work!!


Now let’s send you to the Cherry Blossom spots that only the locals knowHere’s the list of…

9 Secret Tokyo Places For Cherry Blossom Viewing
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) is a very popular custom. During festival days, everyone goes out, strolling along the Sumida River or sharing a picnic in the park. Here is a list of the Tokyo places where all the fun goes on –  Top picks – The Japanese style Gardens in Tokyo –  Hama-Rikyu Garden ( Tukiji Shijo Station).  Rikugien Garden (Komagome Station).

Chidorigafuchi Koen. The sight of the moats of the Edo Castle covered in pink flowers is breath taking. Rowing boats are available for rent and the Cherry Blossom Trees are lit up in the evenings. (Hanzomon or Kudanshita Station). Chidorigafuchi Koen is not far from… Yasukuni Jinja Shrine. That's where you'll find a thousand Cherry Blossom trees.


The Imperial Palace Tokyo East Gardens. They're especially beautiful during cherry blossom season (and also during plum blossom - March and April). Sumida River Park - The Park stretches for a few hundred meters along both sides of the Sumida River. Start from Asakusa Tokyo subway Station. There are food stalls with the popular Dango - a chewy snack made from rice flour, part of the traditional food eaten during Hanami. You can also rent a boat and enjoy the sight of the Cherry blossom trees from the River. Koishikawa Botanical Gardens. That's a large park with many Japanese cherry blossom trees and a Japanese style garden. There is a small admission fee here. (Hakusan or Myogadani subway Station). Inokashira Park- a public city park with a pond. You can rent a Boat and sail in the peaceful, poetic scenery. There is no admission fee here. (Kichijoji subway Station). The road leading to Aoyama Cemetery is lined by hundreds of Japanese cherry blossom trees. (Nagasaki or Gaienmae subway Station). Shinjuku Gyoen - Western and Japanese style gardens with more than one thousand cherry trees of over a dozen species. It's a 5-10 minute walk from Shinjuku Station. There is a small admission fee. Ueno Park- more than 1000 trees along the street leading towards the National Museum and around the Pond. This is by far one of Tokyo's most crowded, noisy and popular cherry blossom spots (A few steps from Ueno Station).

And What Else Can You Do In Tokyo?
The good news is – the city is Jam Packed with Exciting Things To Do… If you're expecting a laid-back Asian holiday, you're going to be completely shocked. This city is very sophisticated with a touch of oriental in the background. Tokyo beats any capital city in the world in terms of exciting Entertainment, Nightlife, Art Scene and the most unique culture you have ever seen. Here is just a fraction of what you can do in Tokyo16

Tsukiji fish market - the largest open-air fish market in the world. Fish worth millions of dollars are sold each day by auction.

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Roppongi Hills and Mori tower - Roppongi is referred to as the 'Art triangle' thanks to the many museums in the area. On Mori Tower there's the City View observatory on the 52 floor. This viewing deck gives you a superb 360 degrees view of the city, the best you can get. The Imperial Palace - The Palace gardens are public parks and you can visit them and enjoy the sight of the unique Japanese palace, Nijumbashi Bridge and the Japanese garden. Omotesando - also called the city's 'fifth avenue'. The Avenue hosts an impressive range of couture-fashion with names such as Armani, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Christian Dior and many more. Strolling down the avenue is like an excellent tour in modern architecture. There are some exceptional architecture highlights all within a fifteen minute walk along the Street. Ginza is the most Chic district in Tokyo. The area is famous for elegant Tokyo Reastaurants and Tokyo Nightlife. It's a busy commercial quarter during day time and an elegant Tokyo nightlife spot. It has a unique mixture of traditional and trendy. The Sony building in Ginza is a must, even if you're not the gadget freak. Kabuki Theater - traditional Japanese theater that includes music, dance and unique Kabuki Makeup and Masks. It's a taste of traditional entertainment in Japan. Ancient Japanese culture comes to life in these shows. Harajuku is the center of Tokyo teens most extreme Harajuku fashion. Picture Gothic Lolitas, French Maids and Hello Kitty all mixed together – that's Harajuku Cosplay. Meiji Jingu Shrine - dedicated to the late Emperor Meiji. As it is an active Shinto temple you might get lucky and see a traditional Shinto wedding held at the inner grounds. The brides usually wear the traditional Japanese wedding kimono. Akihabara - A paradise for gadget lovers. This is the largest electronics district in the world. Every Akihabara shop holds the latest and Hottest Gadgets in the world, and they let you touch and play with everything!! Shibuya with its huge department stores and sparkling neon signs has something of a futuristic atmosphere. Its famous main intersection (featured in


many movies and Media) is called 'Tokyo's Times Square'. During rush hours the amount of people crossing is a remarkable sight.  Tokyo Tower - The sight of it at night is magical. It is illuminated beautifully and is certainly one of the most Romantic places in the city. Looking for Things to do with kids in Tokyo? Click here for lots of great ideas – http://www.tokyo-top-guide.com/Things_To_Do_With_Kids.html

I hope this book convinced you that a visit to Tokyo during cherry blossom is sheer pleasure. I wrote it in response to countless questions from my readers. Finally it dawned on me that a website and plenty of pages will never cut it. If you want to visit Tokyo during cherry blossom festival you need a comprehensive and detailed guide book to take with you. I sure hope the Tips, strategies and ideas will help you arrive with confidence and ease. If you want more info on Tokyo, you can have a good look at my site (www.tokyotop-guide.com). And the Free Tokyo Travel Expense Busters mini-course that can cut your Tokyo Travel Budget in Half! You are more than welcome to share your photos and experience on the website, either during or after your trip. I know other readers would love to hear your stories:


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