Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 7 April 2019

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 7 April 2019, which includes information to help you plan your trip to Japan, top travel deals and articles about Japan.

We have now been in Japan for half a week so far, with 3 1/2 weeks to go :).  We have been enjoying many activities around the Asakusa area of Tokyo as well as the cherry blossoms!  And it has been great to see so many people out and about enjoying the hanami season.

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo
Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

Our children’s favourite experience so far has been the teamlab Planets exhibition – it was definitely a feast for the senses and very tactile.  We are also visiting teamlab Borderless in a few days time so it will be interesting to compare the two experiences.

teamLab Planets in Tokyo
teamLab Planets in Tokyo
teamLab Planets in Tokyo
teamLab Planets in Tokyo
teamLab Planets in Tokyo
teamLab Planets in Tokyo

Tony and I really loved going out to do the Samurai Kart experience in Asakusa – we enjoyed driving around Ueno Park and Akihabara, and it was very safe with guides at both the front and the rear of our group to ensure we stayed safe.  We stopped off in Ueno Park and there is nothing like wandering through the park wearing a Nemo onesie!

We have done so many other great activities and will be progressively writing more articles to share these activities with you all.

Meet up in Tokyo on 13 April 2019

Oh, lucky last thing to mention is that we asked readers if anyone was interested in meeting up with us while we are in Tokyo – and quite a few people expressed interest.  We have now set it up as an event in Facebook to meet for drinks on the evening of Saturday 13 April 2019 a venue in Minato in Tokyo – Click here to check out the meet up details and please indicate if you are interested or will be attending. 🙂

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As a result we have spent many hours creating detailed planning calendars for Japan which include details of all of the public holidays, Japan school holidays and major events to help you plan your trip. The downloadable PDF documents include clickable links for each event to help you easily find out more information and more confidently plan your itinerary.  Click here to find out more and purchase your Japan Planning Calendar.  

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Key Japan Planning Information

Getting Ready for Cherry Blossom Season in Japan

Cherry blossom full bloom is currently in progress in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and all places in between – and looking at the bloom I think will be finished over the next few days in Tokyo.  Quite a few of the trees are now sprouting their new leaves, however there are many different varieties of cherry blossom tree which each bloom at slightly different times, so you should be able to enjoy the experience for a bit longer.

The bloom will now progressively move northwards and into the mountains, so still a lot more to see over the next few weeks!  Here is the website with the latest forecasts – make sure you scroll down to below the map to see the specific forecast dates for each location.  Note that this forecast is now being updated daily right through the cherry blossom season.  Note that the blossoms are usually on view and at their peak for around one week after the full bloom date, subject to weather conditions.  The bloom progressively moves from the south to the north of Japan, with alpine areas blooming later than close by lowland areas.

Sakura Blossoms in Ueno Park, Tokyo Japan
Sakura Blossoms in Ueno Park, Tokyo Japan

Cherry Blossom Day Tours in Japan

Along with the sakura cherry blossom season comes a heap of great day tour options to make the most of the sakura season.  Here are some of the top options to check out 🙂 :

Shiba-Sakura Pink Moss Phlox Festival Day Tours from Tokyo

Close to the cherry blossom season is the awesome Shiba-Sakura pink moss phlox festival which will be held over 13 April to 26 May 2019 near Mt Fuji.  Klook has two day tour options from Tokyo which are an easy way to see the festival as well as other experiences and views around Mt Fuji.

Resources to Help you Plan Your Cherry Blossom Viewing

Here are some resources to help you plan your cherry blossom viewing 🙂

Voyagin Easter Sale

Voyagin is currently running their Easter sale over 1 – 30 April 2019 with the following coupon code discounts, note that this deal does not include discounts on Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneysea tickets or Japan Rail Passes:

  • Spend $US 150, Save $US 10, use coupon code`EASTERSALE10`
  • Spend $US 300, Save $US 25, use coupon code `EASTERSALE25`
  • Spend $US 450, Save $US 40, use coupon code `EASTERSALE40`

To see a great range of popular purchase options through Voyagin to take advantage of this sale I suggest you check out our Voyagin Tours and Tickets page at this link.

Major Upcoming Events in Japan

Other Japan Events

Upcoming major events for the next month (and you can find many more events into the future in our Japan Planning Calendars as mentioned previously!):

Click on this page for Tokyo and this page for Japan to see further information about upcoming events.

Everything Sumo!

Upcoming sumo tournaments:

  • 12 – 26 May 2019 in Tokyo.  Official ticket sales commenced on 6 April 2019 and sold out within two hours.  Click here to order tickets through Voyagin. Klook also offers a great range of ticket package options at this link.
  • Voyagin are offering a new special package for the upcoming Tokyo event in May 2019 where they are offering a package which includes either a Masu B seat, which is a 1.5m2 seat option where you’ll be seated on the front & opposite side of the ring, with a futon cushion to sit on the floor in comfort – which is perfect for family of up to 4 people, or a Chair B seat, which is located behind and a little bit higher than Chair A, which is perfect to view the whole fight from above in comfortable western style seating.  Both of these packages include a Chanko lunch, pus when you order these seats they are guaranteed.  When you order a ticket only option you need to wait for the official ticket release date before you receive your booking confirmation from Voyagin, and we do have people missing out on tickets from time to time.  This package has been pre-negotiated so if you place an order, once you receive the confirmation your booking is locked in.  Click here to pre-order a guaranteed sumo seating package including lunch through Voyagin.
  • 7 – 21 July 2019 in Nagoya.  Official ticket sales commence on 23 May 2019.  Click here to pre-order tickets through Voyagin.  Ensure you place your order early to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the tickets you want.
  • 8 – 22 September 2019 in Tokyo.  Note that this sumo tournament overlaps with the Rugby World Cup 2019, so get in early to pre-order your tickets through Voyagin to ensure you have the best chance of success.  Official ticket sales commence on 3 August 2019.  Click here to pre-order tickets through Voyagin.  Ensure you place your order early to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the tickets you want.

For more information about how to purchase your sumo wrestling tickets check out my article on How To Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets In 2018 and 2019.

How to Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets in 2019

Thanks Anne and Tony.

PS. If you have any questions you are welcome to ask questions in the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

Other Facebook Groups – Rugby World Cup 2019 and Olympics 2020

If you are planning to visit Japan for either (or both!) of these events you are invited to join the groups with details below

We are just getting started in putting together the content for each of these groups and look forward to having a dedicated area where group members can interact without overloading the main group!

Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join our Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you be inspired and to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

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