Japan in March 2024

March in Japan heralds the arrival of one of the most iconic and enchanting natural spectacles – cherry blossoms. The Land of the Rising Sun transforms into a pastel paradise as delicate pink petals blanket the country. Here, we’ll delve into the allure of traveling to Japan in March, covering the weather, crowds, prices, and events. And, of course, we’ll detail the benefits of joining one of our expert-led guided tours to make the most of this mesmerizing journey.

Weather in Japan in March

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March signifies the transition from winter to spring in Japan, bringing with it milder temperatures and the much-anticipated cherry blossoms. While northern areas like Hokkaido may still experience winter chill, cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka enjoy comfortable weather, ideal for exploring. As the cherry blossoms bloom, Japan becomes a magnet for visitors. That being said, March is still considered the prelude to the peak season, allowing for a more relaxed experience with fewer crowds.

Price Fluctuations

The popularity of cherry blossom season does lead to increased demand, but March still offers a more budget-friendly alternative compared to the peak of spring. Accommodations and flights may be more reasonable during this period, allowing travelers to witness the stunning landscapes without a significant dent in their wallets. Our Japan budget package tours are the ultimate solution for those looking to keep costs as low as possible throughout the year. Including budget-friendly accommodation, tours, activities, and transport, you’ll affordably see the best of Japan without compromising on quality or experience.

Events and Festivals

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  • March 1-14, 2024: Omizutori Festival in Nara
  • March 3: Doll Festival- Hina-Matsuri
  • March 8-April 7, 2024: Naked Sakura Festival 2024 in Kyoto
  • March 10-24, 2024: Osaka Grand Sumo Tournament
  • March 23-April 5, 2024: Maruyama Park Cherry Blossom Festival in Kyoto
  • March 23-24, 2024: Anime Japan Exhibition in Tokyo

Best Places to Visit in Japan in March

Tokyo: Japan’s bustling capital comes alive in March with cherry blossoms adorning parks and streets. Explore iconic landmarks like the Tokyo Tower, Senso-ji Temple, and the electric districts of Shibuya and Shinjuku. To maximize your experience at these landmarks and gain fascinating insights, join one of our Tokyo guided tours.

Kyoto: Known for its traditional architecture and historic temples, Kyoto is a cherry blossom haven. The Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kinkaku-ji, and the Philosopher’s Path offer serene settings to enjoy the sakura. Participating in one of our Kyoto tours ensures you hit all the best cherry blossom spots and learn all about Kyoto’s history and culture.

Osaka: A vibrant city with a rich culinary scene, Osaka combines modern attractions like Universal Studios Japan with historic sites like Osaka Castle. Cherry blossoms along the Okawa River create a picturesque backdrop. Don’t stress about navigating the streets of Osaka alone and book one of our captivating Osaka tours. Take in the beautiful surroundings and cherry blossoms while your expert guide leads the way.

Best Things to Do in Japan in March

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Hanami Picnics: Join the locals in the age-old tradition of Hanami. Indulge in a picnic beneath the cherry blossoms in Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen, or Maruyama Park.

Cultural Immersion: Experience traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, witness geisha performances in Gion, and visit ancient temples and shrines that showcase Japan’s rich cultural heritage.

Mount Fuji Excursions: Take advantage of the clear skies to embark on a day trip to the iconic Mount Fuji. Capture breathtaking views of the snow-capped peak against a backdrop of cherry blossoms. For the ultimate experience, secure your spot on one of our best-selling Mount Fuji tours.

Experience the March Bloom With Tourist Japan

While independent exploration is enticing, Japan guided tours elevate the Japanese experience, especially during the cherry blossom season. Expert guides provide in-depth knowledge about the cultural significance of sakura, ensuring a profound connection with the surroundings. Navigating through crowds to find the best cherry blossom spots becomes seamless with the guidance of a local expert. Our curated guided tours offer a harmonious blend of iconic landmarks, cultural experiences, and cherry blossom marvels, providing an unparalleled way to witness Japan’s enchanting beauty in March. Moreover, if you join one of our Japan tour packages, you’ll have your accommodation, transport, and multi-day itinerary taken care of too! Join us on a journey that goes beyond the ordinary and explores the heart of Japan’s springtime magic. If you’re thinking of traveling to Japan in April instead, check out our comprehensive guide to events, crowds, and more.

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