Secret Cherry Blossom in Japan
By: Bamboo Travel
With Easter holiday dates in 2020 coinciding with peak sakura time, many hotels are already booked up in the most popular places such as Kyoto, Hakone, and Miyajma.
Fear not! The experts at Bamboo Travel have an intricate knowledge of the country and can suggest some great locations to get away from the crowds.
In the peak sakura season Bamboo Travel recommends the 16-day 'In Search of Ancient Japan' private tour which includes visiting places at varying altitudes across the Japanese Alps and provides an excellent chance of seeing sakura in peak condition at some point on the journey.
The itinerary provides a chance to discover Japan's most historic towns and villages, as you head deep into rural Honshu, and is ideal for first time visitors, active travellers, nature lovers, history buffs and those who want to indulge in Japan's rich culture.
After some time in the old district of Tokyo, take the famous bullet train to the 16th century city of Kanazawa, often referred to as 'Little Kyoto' and famous for its fine Japanese garden and Samurai districts. Continue to an isolated hamlet in the Hida Mountains for an overnight stay in a traditional thatched farmhouse, and explore Takayama on two wheels, a wealthy trading town during the Edo Period that attracted many gifted craftsmen.
Traverse the Japanese Alps – spotting cherry blossom along the way – to the castle town of Matsumoto and enjoy the spectacular walk between two post towns on the old Nakasendo highway in the Kiso Valley. The tour finishes in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, to explore many of the country's most treasured heritage sites.
The holiday costs from £3595 pp (two sharing) which includes flights, all transportation, 14 nights' B&B (plus four dinners) in hotels and ryokans, sightseeing/
Those planning visits outside of the classic sakura season may want to consider the northernmost or southernmost islands. To the south, Kyushu is a region of outstanding natural beauty that sees Japan's first blush of sakura in early March. Hokkaido, at Japan's northern extremity, tends to see bloom in late April, and is the least populated part of Japan and perfect for exploring by car.
For further information call 020 7720 9285 or visit www.bambootravel.co.uk.
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR