Celebrating cherry blossoms season in Japan

Photograph courtesy of Marriot Bonvoy The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto.

This year’s early blooming time saw the Marriott Bonvoy hotels offering an exciting array of sakura-inspired stay packages and dining experiences. Marriott Bonvoy hotels invite travelers to join in the seasonal celebrations and witness the beauty of the sakura buds that blossom in many locations near the hotels in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Yokohama.

Sakura season has been celebrated for centuries in Japan. Traditional hanami, or flower-viewing parties and picnics, are organized to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the delicate flower buds that bloom in clouds of pink all over the country.

Guests staying at The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon, can explore the picturesque Shiba Park, where about 200 sakura trees blossom every spring. From 18 March to 9 April, this boutique luxury hotel, with 206 rooms offering breathtaking glimpses of the Tokyo skyline, presents a Sakura Package featuring sakura-inspired offerings; an exclusively curated welcome amenity sweet and Aromatized Sakura Martini beautifully designed with sakura flowers served at the Lobby Bar.

In Yokohama, Sakura-dori or “Cherry Blossom Avenue,” about a five to ten minutes walk from The Westin Yokohama, is one of the city’s most famous hanami spots with its 102 sakura trees that line the street. The hotel offers seasonal Sakura Afternoon Tea and sakura-themed dinner courses at its signature Japanese restaurant, Kissui-sen.

The entrance of W Osaka, Japan’s first W hotel, is inspired by the beauty of the gorgeous sakura trees in Osaka, Japan. This spring, the hotel will present pink sakura-themed cocktails at Living Room, the vibrant social hub, where guests can socialize with curated cocktails with live DJs. MYDO, the hotel’s signature teppanyaki restaurant, serves multi-course “kappo” or table d’hôte menus showcasing the finest and freshest springtime ingredients, accompanied by blush-pink rosé wines.

The glamorous St. Regis Osaka is one of this city’s most iconic luxury hotels and is one of the most romantic places to enjoy the sakura season in Osaka.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, sits on the banks of the picturesque Kamo River, one of the most beautiful places in Kyoto to take a stroll and enjoy the sight of the trees in full bloom.

Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto is adjacent to the city’s historic Nijo Castle grounds with 300 sakura trees showcased by an annual Sakura Festival featuring evening illuminations and colorful projection mappings over the castle’s spectacular Karamon gate. The hotel offers Fragrant afternoon tea collaboration with

Paris-based perfume brand ELLA K during the Sakura season.

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