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Plan Your Journey With Sakura

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In Tokyo, there are obviously 100s of places to go sakura viewing or have a hanami party but be warned – with few exceptions these places will be busy! It is recommended that you get there as early as you can manage it to reserve your spot. Try not to miss out on seasonal treats like sakuramochi or the varieties of distinct sakura liqueurs available. Warm clothes are still a pretty good idea and as tempting as it might be, please leave the karaoke machine at home.


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Firstly, when it comes to cherry blossoms, the important thing is to be flexible. You may be thinking you really want to visit a certain place, but if the blossoms are not yet in bloom, you’ll end up disappointed. However, if you’re flexible, you’ll be able to see the places which are in bloom, and enjoy those.

Generally, Miyazaki, Kochi, Shizuoka, and Tokyo are the first places to bloom. Our advice is to start in Tokyo – it’s a better, more logical place to start your trip than to start and then end in Kyoto.


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This is number one on our list for a good reason – it’s where plum and cherry trees blossom at the same time. Prepare yourself for an explosion of camera, and take your time here, so you can (not literally) drink the blossoms in.

Ueno Park

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This is one of Japan’s most crowded, noisy and popular cherry blossom spots, featuring more than 1,000 trees. Watch out for the parties which take place underneath the blooms, and try to avoid all the lovers smooching away under the pink petals.

Daigo-ji Temple

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This registered World Cultural Heritage Site in southeastern Kyoto has been famous for its blossoms since 1598. During that year, 700 trees were planted by great daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi so he could throw a blossom-tastic party for 1,300 people including his son, his wife, and his mistresses. It takes about an hour and a half minutes on foot to walk to Kaizan-do Hall on the top of the mountain, but don’t be put off – it’s highly recommended.

Before Your Trip

Make a list. Check it twice. Use the following resources to help you prepare for your trip:

  • See a healthcare provider familiar with travel medicine, ideally 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. Need help finding a clinic? Go to the Find a Clinic webpage to find a travel medicine clinic near you.
  • Learn about country-specific health risks and recommendations by visiting CDC Travelers’ Health website.
  • Pack a travel health kit. Remember to pack Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent with one of the following ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone .

Stay Healthy During Your Trip

The mosquitoes that spread the chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses bite during the day and night.

The best way to prevent getting sick is to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

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The best way to prevent getting sick is to protect yourself from mosquito bites with QM mosquito trap. QM mosquito killers are based on the theory that mosquitoes are attracted to heat, co2 and many other factors. So to make sure they are following the right scent, mosquitoes will start by tracing the co2 scent back to its origin. Once close enough the mosquito will start tracking the heat and finally once everything is correct they will prey for the target and thus setting our trap in motion. Like MBOX electric mosquito killer that is designed from the bottom up and is assembled without any screws; with just a gentle twist the MBOX mosquito trap can be disassembled to remove any unwanted “dead mosquitos”. Now, use QM mosquito killer to protect your traveling better. Get more information from . http://mbox-qm.com

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