Japan is a world apart – a cultural Galápagos where a unique civilization blossomed dating back to 10,000 BC, and today thrives in delicious contrasts of traditional and modern. If you have a Japanese retreat on your mind, read on to know more.

Japan is widely known for its traditional arts as well as its contemporary pop culture.  Today in Japan it is still possible to see kimono-clad women shuffling down the street with umbrellas, or over-sized sumo wrestlers battling it out in the ring.  A sophisticated cuisine, unique social customs, and refined performing and visual arts contribute to a culture which has become attractive, fashionable and has the capacity to enthrall even the most jaded traveler.

How to plan the perfect Japanese Retreat?

There are a few things you need to keep in mind when planning your Japanese retreat. For instance, you need to time your visit to coincide with the iconic cherry blossom season. In addition, the duration of your trip and overall itinerary are crucial in determining the success of your Japanese retreat.

Spring in Japan is synonymous with season of sakura or cherry blossom. Not only is sakura the national flower of Japan, the cherry blossoms also take on added spiritual meaning in the context of Buddhist themes of mortality, mindfulness, and living in the present moment.
On Japan’s southern, subtropical islands of Okinawa, cherry blossoms open as early as January, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, the flowering can be as late as May. In most major cities in between, such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April.

Japan finds literal as well as symbolic meaning in the unique season: some even compare the cherry blossoms’ short but memorable life cycle to that of the Japanese warrior spirit, or bushido.

The wonders of Japan’s natural world are a well-kept secret. You never have to travel far in Japan to get close to nature. This April, gift yourself a special holiday experience.