The perfect time to see Japan

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Ben Burgess Travel CounsellorsWith Ben Burgess from Travel Counsellors

Easter this year falls in the third week of April. At this time of year, the temperature in Tokyo should reach around 20ºC, and the climate will feel like a warm summer in the UK: The country is fresh and green, with various beautiful flowers in full bloom, making it an ideal time to visit.

Here are just a few of our favourite things to see and do in the springtime in Japan.

Spring is undoubtedly one of the most popular times to visit Japan, with the world-famous cherry blossom spreading across the land.

Since ancient times, cherry blossoms have captivated the hearts of the Japanese people and tourists alike. Watch as trees erupt into a canvas of colour – and see the pastel pink blooms of the sakura for yourself this springtime.

Enjoy cherry blossom season even more with the Japanese tradition of Hanami – where friends and families sit together underneath a blooming cherry blossom tree to enjoy a picnic.

A huge percentage of Japan is made up of mountains, which is fantastic for any keen climbers and hikers. Tokyo itself is home to the Mount Takao, which is just a one-hour car ride from the city centre.

From the summit, you can see a chain of stunning high-rise buildings on the skyline and getting the view from the top is well worth the effort.

For thrill seekers, how about challenging the mighty Mount Fuji?

A World Heritage site with a height of 12,388ft, this is undoubtedly one of Japan’s most renowned experiences.

Climbing this majestic peak will take the average person between five and seven hours, with another three to five hours to make the descent. The official climbing season here does run from early July to mid-September, when the mountain is usually free of snow, the weather is relatively mild, access by public transportation is easy and the mountain huts are operating.

If lounging on blissful beaches is more your thing, then you won’t want to miss Japan’s sub-tropical islands off Okinawa in the south. This island paradise is not as well known by travellers, making it a heavenly hidden gem for sun seekers.

Okinawa’s idyllic sub-tropical climate is home to an abundance of banyan, hibiscus, papaya, pineapple and other lush flora.

Natural wonders don’t stop there, as the coral reefs that glisten beneath the surface of Okinawa’s clear waters are teeming with a whole host of colourful fish, making snorkelling and diving here an absolute must.

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