Did you know that there are more than a dozen different varieties of cherry blossoms that can be found in Japan? I sought out all of them, like the stunning striped pink and white flowers, weeping cherry blossom trees that look like gorgeous, flowering willow trees, afterglow cherry blossoms, which have a pink to white ombre, and many more! Here are some of the best places to see the iconic cherry blossoms of Japan all across the country. Check out these spots for incredible views and unique cherry blossom varieties, breathtaking views, and the perfect spots for a picnic.
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Nijo Castle, built in 1603 for Japanese Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, is home to some 400 cherry trees, impressive architecture, sprawling traditional Japanese gardens, and is famous fro its unique Nightingale floors. We visited during cherry blossom season to see flower arrangements from Japan’s oldest school of Ikebana, traditional Japanese flowering arranging, and learn more about this castle’s 400+ year history.
Exploring Himeji Castle in Hemji, Japan
Himeji Castle is nearly 700 years old, and has survived for centuries through earthquakes, battles, and World War II. This magnificent castle was nestled in cherry blossoms, surrounded by a moat full of colorful koi fish, and filled with incredible decor. I hope this guide to Himeji Castle helps you have a wonderful time during your day trip to Himeji!
Osaka, Japan: The Luxury Travel Guide
My Osaka Luxury Travel Guide will introduce you to the most elegant and meaningful sights, flavors, and sounds of Osaka, Japan during Cherry Blossom Season. From Michelin Star Restaurants, 209 of them to be exact, and one of the world’s best street food scenes, to the mysterious tomb and surrounding forest of Emperor Nintoku and some of the highest rooftops in Japan, you’ll be ready to take on Osaka like a local, without breaking a sweat. Are you ready to explore Osaka with me?
Visiting Osaka Castle
Our visit to Osaka Castle during the Cherry Blossom Festival was absolutely wonderful. We dined at a gorgeous rooftop restaurant for lunch, made the climb to the castle’s top level observatory deck to see an incredible view of Osaka city, and had plenty of time left to stroll the castle grounds and garden, walking amongst the 600 stunning cherry blossoms in full bloom under the warm, blue skies before the heavens opened up and rained for a few hours. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Osaka Castle.
Summer Essentials Volume 4
Summer clothing styles are far and away my favorite seasonal clothing. I just love the lightweight, billowy fabrics, the intricate details, botanical patterns, crisp, cool whites, and reflective metals, and since summer is the most common time for me to enjoy these styles, aside from the occasional winter getaway, I can’t tell you how excited I was to pull some of these beauties out of my closet and enjoy the warmer weather after the summer solstice. Below is volume 4 of my summer essentials. I hope these inspire you to have a beautiful, stylish summer with a few new pieces, things you already own and love, or a mix of both.
Zero George Restaurant + Bar
Zero George Restaurant + Bar is one of the best restaurants in the United States, as you will soon see in this post. Everything from the service and the atmosphere to the pairings and the craftsmanship of our meals, created by culinary genius Chef Vinson Petrillo, was outstanding. Here’s why Zero George Restaurant + Bar needs to be at the top of the list of places you’ll eat during your time in Charleston, South Carolina.
48 Hours in Washington, D.C. Itinerary
We spent a wonderful 48 hours in Washington, D.C. on our first visit together to the nation’s capital. Here’s everything we saw and did during our two days in DC. I hope this inspires you to take a trip to visit one of America’s most fascinating historical sites.
4 Spring Festivals to Celebrate
These four spring festivals are some of the things I look forward to the most as the seasons change each year, filled with music and flowers, each festival is a celebration of spring in and of itself. How many of these global spring festivals have you visited?
Recent Acquisitions Volume 1
In my new recent acquisition series, I’ll be sharing my latest purchases with you each week. This first volume focuses on eco-friendly pieces of home décor and lifestyle accoutrements sourced from New Hampshire and Northern Michigan, like handcrafted river stone bud vases, stone washed organic linen curtains, and springtime sterling silver jewelry.
The Travel Photography Gear I Use & Love
The travel photography gear I use and love to take with me no matter where I travel covers everything I pack in my camera bag, from which cameras I use, how to photograph things underwater, how many batteries I take with me, which bag I use when I might end up in the water to protect my equipment, how I back up my files when traveling, and much more. Plus, I’ve also included my favorite camera for anyone looking for an inexpensive, easy to use camera anyone can use to easily capture their travel memories.