2019 cherry blossom forecast for Japan

The Japanese cherry blossom, or sakura, has long been adored by people across the globe. It is regarded as a symbol of renewal, vitality, and beauty. During the spring season of each year, thousands travel to Japan to view the wondrous spectacle of these white or pink flowers blooming en masse.

Update 04/18/2019: Twelfth forecast for 2019 has been released today. Blooming dates are expected to arrive earlier this year. Please check again for updates on the 2019 forecast in many major cities of Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

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Fuji Excursion: New direct train from Shinjuku to Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is a breathtaking destination which is right at the top of many visitors’ bucket lists. It offers sensational views which have inspired Japanese art for centuries but, at over 3,500 meters above sea level, it has not been the easiest place to get to!

The great news is that the launch of the new Fuji Excursion train has made it much easier. It connects Shinjuku Station (Tokyo) directly to Mount Fuji which saves travelers a great deal of time as well as the hassle of making multiple changes.

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Nakasendo Trail Travel Guide

Woodland birds call to one another as you ascend the mountain trail – flat stones like cobblestones in the rich earth. Trees that appear too narrow to uphold their own great height mingle with verdant green undergrowth.

This is just one of the peaceful scenes that the Nakasendo Trail has to offer. Other portions pass alongside the fields and homes of local residents, intersecting with modern roads. Each end of the trail is capped with a charming historic village. Use this handy travel guide to begin planning your adventure today.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic flame is an international symbol of peace and hope. It embodies the spirit of the Olympics and in the buildup to the Tokyo 2020 Games, thousands of people will take part in the Olympic Torch Relay, helping inspire millions of people around the world.

The concept for the 2020 Summer Olympics Torch Relay will be “hope lights our way”. Sports fans will get a chance to hold the torch and carry it for small parts of the long route which will take it from Greece to Japan, the host nation.

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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and district in Kyoto: Travel guide

Imagine gazing down an endless pathway of swaying green boughs. The stalks tower above you, allowing sunlight to filter in gently. The forest seems endless to both your left and your right, and the sound of foliage swaying in the breeze lulls you into a trance-like state.

Perhaps you’re in solitude at this moment, or perhaps friendly folk wearing yukata robes and geta sandals can be glimpsed in the distance. This peaceful scene isn’t a mere dream – it is the reality you’ll find within Arashiyama’s famed bamboo forest.

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