One of the best ways to experience traditional Japanese culture in Tokyo is by taking part in a tea ceremony.
Timing is everything if you want to experience Japanese cherry trees in full-bloom. The graceful, pink blossoms only flower for a short time and normally fall to the ground about a week after fully opening. As such, cherry blossoms symbolize the transience, beauty and frailty of human life as well as the arrival of spring. You can expect to see large crowds celebrating the season by picnicking and making merry with colleagues and friends under the blossoming trees. Here’s our list of the top spots during the best time for cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara.
Each spring, Tokyo gets adorned in pink as the city’s cherry trees begin to bloom. Locals and tourists flock to the parks and green spaces to participate in the Japanese pastime of hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. Typically, the blossoms peak during mid-April, with hanami possible anytime from late March through the end of April.
You can find out more about this historic brand at the excellent Museum of Yebisu Beer. Easily located in Yebisu Garden Palace, a ‘mini-city’ in Shibuya that is named after the beer, the museum commemorates the original brewery with a number of exhibits. It’s free to visit and wander around the museum, and to visit the ‘Tasting Salon’, although you will need to pay for your drinks! Alternatively you can take a 40-minute tour (for a small fee) that will give you a more detailed insight into the history and science of beer production in Japan.