Perfect Japan Cherry Blossom itinerary

Seeing cherry blossom in Japan has always been on my bucket list. So I have bought the ticket to Osaka a year last year during AIR ASIA Big Sale. I didn’t buy flight ticket in Garuda Travel fair like my previous trip because I already knew Garuda will not discount ticket for peak period like cherry blossom. It was a bit of a gamble buying Air Asia ticket 1 year in advance and hoping that the dates will be those dates where those cherry tree decided to blossom 😛 Alhamdulillah my dream of seeing cherry blossom come to reality and this was also the nicest birthday gift for me 🙂

Below is my itinerary for the cherry blossom trip. We couldn’t go to many places in one day because we went in a peak season. Maximum place we can visit in one day is only 3 spots. Even for the locals this cherry blossom season is the moment everyone looking forward too because they only bloom in 2 weeks. So you will see Hanami party everywhere in the park during lunch time and in the evening. 

Our itinerary:
28 Mar: landing Osaka 9.25pm Take train to airbnb in Shin Osaka
29 Mar: Osaka Universal Studio
30 Mar: Around Osaka. Osaka Castle, Kita, Minami and Dotonburi
31 Mar: Train to Kanazawa (0744-1025), grab lunch in Kanazawa station and take Nohi Bus to Shirakawa (1110-1225). Nohi Bus need to be reserved in advance by phone as we are using Hokuriku pass. Stay in modern ryokan in Shirakawa which we have booked months before. 
1 Apr: Check out and leave for Takayama using Nohi Bus (1205-1255). Explore Takayama. Take Train to Kyoto (1632-1945). Stay in Fujitaya B&B
2 Apr: Kyoto. Arashiyama, Ginkakuji, Kinkakuji and Path of Philosophy
3 Apr: Kyoto. Fushimi Inara, Niko Castle, Maruyama koen park and Kiyamizu Dera illumination at night. Back to Osaka by train at night
4 Apr: Around Osaka. Shopping in Osaka shopping district, Tennoji Park and Shinsekai area. Initial plan was to take train to Nara or Kobe but Hubbie didn’t want to travel by train anymore so we just went around Osaka
5 Apr: Fly home 11am

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