Why 2019 is the best year to visit Japan

Want to visit Japan in 2019? Here’s how to beat the crowds, get a great deal, and see the cherry blossom on your Japan holiday.

1. It’ll have its glad rags on

In 2019, Japan will host the Rugby World Cup, and in 2020 the Olympics are coming to town. Both events will put Japan on the world stage – so expect a great show! Investment in entertainment, infrastructure and tourism has never been higher – and if you visit in 2019, you’ll reap the rewards.

The crowds won’t arrive until the rugby (Sept-Nov 2019) and Olympics (July 2020) kick off – so until August 2019 you’ll have the place to yourself (relatively speaking), making it a great time to visit Japan.

2. It won’t be as expensive as you might think

Japan is notoriously expensive at the best of times, and the World Cup and Olympics will make it much pricier. However, if you book now – and travel outside of the sporting seasons – you can still lock in a great price if you’re quick. Our new Japan cherry blossom holiday, which departs in April 2019, costs £2,699pp (including return flights, accommodation, all activities, most meals and a full-board 8-night cruise along the gorgeous coast) – and that price won’t rise, no matter how popular Japan gets. See the details

3. You’ll get the pick of the good weather

The best time to visit Japan is in late spring (March-May) and late autumn (September-November) for mild temperatures and low rainfall. You’ll be cutting it fine to plan a holiday (and get a good deal) for this autumn, so visit Japan in 2018 for your pick of the seasons.

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4. It’s your next chance to see the cherry blossom

Cherry blossom season (March to May) is the most spectacular time to visit Japan, and the pink blooms are celebrated all over the country with festivals and picnics. You’ll discover the most beautiful blooms on our exclusive w&h Japan cherry blossom holiday!

You won’t just find cherry blossom (sakura) on the trees: it’s in snacks, on souvenirs, and even sprinkled on Starbucks. The arrival of the blooms is forecast on television: a petal-by-petal analysis of Japan’s most enchanting season.