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Itinerary – 2 weeks of Cherry Blossom in Japan

Japan had been high on my checklist from last one year. Unique culture, historic architecture, magnificent temples/shrines, cherry blossom and natural beauty was enticing enough and finally I decided to bite the bait. I had already missed the famous Japanese autumn season so I had an opportunity to visit during Cherry Blossom (Sakura) season.

I spent two weeks in April’16 in Japan with no-one on accompanying but my camera, covering over 2000 miles by road. This was first of many experiences for me. This was my first solo, budgeted, backpacking, photography trip in which I got to stay in backpacker and capsule hostels and met a uncountable number of amazing people from every corner of the world with a common ambition, to see the World. Beyond doubt, it was a thrilling experience and I got to listen to many heartwarming stories and last but not least got an opportunity to do an exclusive shoot of a geisha.

Highlights of The Trip

Castle of Osaka

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Osaka Castle

Shrines of Nara

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Todaiji Temple

Full Cherry Bloom (Sakura) in Kyoto

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Enjoying Sakura

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Hanami Party

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Night illumination at Kiyozimudera

Bamboo Grove of Arashiyama

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Bamboo Grove

Traditional Side of Japan

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Geisha in traditional attire

Hospitality of Japanese People

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Warm hosting in Kyoto

Tori gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

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Japan’s iconic Tori Gates Shrine

Spectacular Snow capped Mt Fuji

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An early morning reflection in Lake kawaguchiko

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View of Mt Fuji from Chureito Pagoda

Night Life of Tokyo

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Shibuya crossing, where approx 3000 people cross Red Light in one go

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Rainbow bridge of Odaiba

Shrines of Nikko

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The mystic Kanmangafuchi Abyss Shrine

World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go

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Sakura in Shirakawa-go

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Preserved houses, made in form of “Praying hands”

Snow Walls of Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route

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Snow walls, 43 feet in height

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Ropeway over Japan Alps

Itinerary

My day-wise plan and detailed posts are as follows. I will add hyperlinks as detailed posts for each of these attractions are published.

Famous Sakura tree of Maruyama Park

Famous Sakura tree of Maruyama Park

I have returned home with over 200GB of images and time-lapse videos, few TBs worth of memories and experiences for life.

If you want to my budget planning for this trip and expense details check this post.

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27 thoughts on “Itinerary – 2 weeks of Cherry Blossom in Japan

    1. Ankur Post author

      Thanks Rajiv. Japan is surreal. Totally different from what I have ever seen. I am trying to churn out best pictures for upcoming posts!!!

    1. Ankur Post author

      Thanks for feedback Kat. I had a terrific two week trip. And i see you are having a blast in Jordan. Keep it up πŸ™‚

    1. Ankur Post author

      Thanks Vivek.
      Japan is amazingly beautiful for anyone to fall in love. Even in my 15 days trip I could only scratch the surface of cultural and natural attractions.
      It is definitely a must visit place. You will find it truly different from other Asian countries.

    1. Ankur Post author

      Thanks for dropping by Paramvir paaji. Shibuya is really a great place to be, specially on a weekday after office hours. I have never been to Dadar station but I guess, that would be equally exciting. Life just doesnt seem to stop in Mumbai, so in Tokyo.

  1. vishvarsha

    Randomly came across your blogs on Japan and my o my….such stunning pictures!!! Japan has always attracted me with its traditional, ethnic side and your pictures captured the very essence of it.

    1. Ankur Post author

      Hello Visvarsha, I am glad you liked my pictures. I was too attracted by Japan’s culture, architecture and heritage. I spent a little over two week clicking amazing Japan. Do not forget to check detailed posts for some more pictures πŸ™‚

    1. Ankur Post author

      Thanks for dropping by Neha. I am glad you liked my pictures. You have some inspiring stuff on your website as well πŸ™‚

    1. Ankur Post author

      Thanks for dropping by Monthly. Shirakawa Go is a wonderful place to be. But I think it’s to visit it in Snow (Winters) when lights are installed. I see you have been to many places in Japan already. You should definitely visit Shirakawa Go

    1. Ankur Post author

      Thanks for dropping by Kalpana. I am glad you liked this post. Japan is worth a visit in Autumn and Falls seasons. I totally loved it!

  2. Che

    Hi stumbled upon your page by chance and found it to be very informative, thank you. We plan to visit Japan next year during cherry blossom season as well but have not fixed the date yet… Would you mind sharing the exact date that you were there as I believe we can more or less work on the dates similar to yours. Thank you in advance.

    1. Ankur Post author

      Hi Che, I am glad you found my blog helpful. I traveled from 2 April to 18 April. May I suggest you follow Cherry Blossom forecast by http://www.japan-guide.com/ They have most updated forecast of sakura. Unfortunately, They have not published any forecast for 2017 yet. If you are planning to book tickets now, above dates can be a safe bet, considering winters in Japan have been a bit cooler this year. But as you might be already aware sakura season has no fixed time and it varies every year. hope it helps!

  3. Mary

    Hello. I am traveling to Japan in April and I am hoping to be able to see some cherry blossoms too. I am wondering when/which dates you were in Japan last year. Your photos look amazing.

    1. Ankur Post author

      Hello Mary, I am glad you found my blog helpful. I traveled from 2 April to 18 April. May I suggest you follow Cherry Blossom forecast by http://www.japan-guide.com/ They have most updated forecast of Sakura. Unfortunately, They have not published any forecast for 2017 yet. If you are planning to book tickets now, I will suggest you to plan somewhere between 28 March to 15 April. Winters in Japan have been a bit cooler this year. But as you might be already aware Sakura season has no fixed time and it varies every year. Hope it helps!

  4. Kez

    Hi. I find your blog very informative and photos are amazing. We are travelling in japan this april 15 to 23 and our itinerary is tokyo-shirakawago-takayama-kyoto. Im just wondering if shirakawago is worth visiting. thank you for your time

    1. Ankur Post author

      Hi Kez,
      I am glad you found my blog helpful.
      If I were you I would focus only on Tokyo and Kyoto in 8 days. You will be rushing between places. Please spend time in Tokyo and Kyoto this time. You may be missing Cherry Blossom by a week or so but I guess you must be already aware.

      Cheers,
      Ankur

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