Niigata, Japan – An Unforgettable 5D4N Road Trip Filled With Magnificent Scenery & Food

Niigata 2018

Japan astounds in more ways than just its food and its people and wherever you choose to embark on your next adventure, we’re almost certain that you will not be disappointed. Our wanderlust brought us to Niigata, a coastal prefecture located north of bustling Tokyo. A lovely place untouched by time, and one that proves excellent for road trips.

Boasting the highest concentration of rice plantations and accounting for a majority of the country’s rice exports, there really is no wondering why Niigata is well-known for their excellent quality rice, rice wine (sake) and other rice-based products. Located close to the Japan Sea, fresh fish and seafood are often in abundance and of exceptional quality too.

Yet, as far as gastronomy goes, Niigata’s vast array of food choices come second only to the prefecture’s rich culture and a plethora of scenic views. Like lines in a sketch, the terraced rice paddies littered all over present a view like no place else. Each season brings with it a different ambience and having visited in Autumn, we were treated to stunning spectacles of technicoloured leaves and marvellous views wherever we were brought.

Brimming with breathtaking scenery, awesome food and inherently kind yet down-to-earth locals, you best believe us when we tell you that Niigata is a destination to consider if you crave adventure and new experiences. We’ve broken it all down for you, listing down how you can go about renting a car, where you should visit and what you should eat—you’re welcome.
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Cherry Blossoms In Japan 2018 Forecast – Where & When To See Them

Cherry Blossom Shinjuku Park

Hanami—the act of cherry blossom viewing—is an extremely popular activity in Japan that both locals and tourists enjoy during cherry blossom season every year. For a short week or two every year, sakura trees blossom and Japan is transformed into a visually arresting sea of pink.

Cherry blossoms usually come hand in hand with the beautiful historical sites of Japan. You can enjoy hanami at historical sites such as shrines and memorials or in one of Japan’s many parks. Take a stroll in the parks, or have a picnic under one of the many sakura trees; spring in Japan is an extremely wonderful time.

It is worth the travel to Japan just to experience this annual event. Today, we share the Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2018 and where you can view them at 10 of the most popular cities and spots in Japan.

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8 Places Around The World Where You Can Unexpectedly Find Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

More than just a pretty view, the cherry blossom is a fragile flower that only blooms during Springtime and holds historical significance in Japanese culture about the precariousness and beauty of life.

During the World War II, these blooms were also used to encourage the Japanese, with aims of promoting nationalism and to uplift the spirit of militarism across the nation.

Today, the cherry blossom enjoys immense popularity by everyone in the world. Captivated by the beauty of the cherry blossoms, thousands fly to Japan every Spring to enjoy these ephemeral flowers.

However, the cherry blossoms are not just unique to Japan. Here are 8 places around the world where you can unexpectedly find cherry blossoms that you can visit, to chase that cherry blossom dream.

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Here’s Why You Should Visit Japan During Cherry Blossoms Period

Japan Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms in Japan are a phenomenal sight. It is the kind of moments that will stay forever etched in your hearts and minds, and it will make you crave for more.

‘Hanami’ is the activity of cherry blossoms viewing, and it happens annually in Japan. The full bloom periods differ from city to city, but the average bloom period is one week and slightly more, if you are lucky.

Visitors from all over the world plan the trips way in advance based on forecasts, in hopes to catch a glimpse of Japan’s prettiest flowers in its full bloom. And if you are thinking that just seeing the flowers alone doesn’t sound all too exciting, you are very wrong.

From rowing a boat in the parks to indulging in cherry blossoms delicacies, Here’s Why You Should Visit Japan During Cherry Blossoms Period. It is an experience that you will never forget.

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Yeouido Spring Flower Festival – Best Place To See Cherry Blossoms In Seoul

Yeouido Park Cherry Blossom

Mid-April is a wonderful time to visit Seoul for the annual Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. This is when the 1,600 cherry blossom trees that line Yeouiseo-ro Road will be in full bloom and you get to witness the spectrum of pinks and whites.It is a sight you will never forget.

It is a sight you will never forget.

The festival takes place beside the Han River where visitors can stroll along leisurely as they admire the flowers in full bloom, but you have to be prepared to face a huge crowd as this is (unsurprisingly) one of the most popular events of the year in South Korea. READ ON

Cherry Blossoms In Japan 2017 Forecast – Where & When To See Them

Cherry Blossom

Hanami in Japan, or Cherry Blossom viewing, is one that we look forward to every year; and we believe it is the same for you.

During that short couple of weeks, one of the world’s most coveted flower displays awaits—the blooming of Japan’s spellbindingly beautiful Sakura. They happen all around Japan at different periods of time, and that means hanami in several different cities and places.

Sakura is synonymous with Japan, and if you haven’t experienced hanami, you are missing out in life. Nothing feels quite as ethereal as marvelling at the beauty of these stunning flowers. Each blossoming period lasts for an average of two weeks, and the cherry blossoms look best on the final week of blooming, where they are at their fullest.

Every year, many flock to Japan just for hanami, and you might want to plan and book your trip early to avoid disappointment. Here, we share with you the Forecast for Cherry Blossoms in Japan 2017—Where & When To See Them.

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7 Non-Japanese Cities Where You Can See Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossom Seoul

While Japan is the most popular destination for viewing cherry blossoms in full blooms, do you know that many other cities outside of Japan also offer you the same opportunity to admire the natural phenomena?

Yes, hanami is not just restricted to Japan only. You have more options around the globe, surely – against different backdrops, in various time zones, and with different people.

From Hang Zhou to Washington DC, read on to learn about the 7 Non-Japanese Cities You Can Visit To See Cherry Blossoms. Some of them might be even nearer to your hometown than Japan is!

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