20 Best Spring Break Destinations in Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park - Photo from hitachikaihin.jp

Spring is definitely one of the most beautiful seasons. Its beauty is most significantly reflected through the changing color of the leaves.

In Japan, you will experience all kinds of excitement. Whether visiting its shrines or its colorful parks.

Meguro River Cherry Blossoms Promenade, Kenroku-en, and Nijō Castle are some of the perfect examples where you can combine Spring's beauty and old castles.

If you want to level up your photography game, go ahead to Tokyo German Village and Fushimi Inari Taisha for fun as well as for Instagram-worthy pictures.

Once you are in Japan, incredible places are ready to be a part of your journey. Uminonakamichi Seaside Park and Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park are just to name a few.

Sounds interesting already? Here are our top 20 Best Spring Break Destinations in Japan that are worth visiting. Take a look!

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1. YOYOGI PARK

Celebrating spring break in Japan has to be one of the most exciting things one can experience. As a country that's home to the stunning Sakura, this popular park in Tokyo is where you can pamper your eyes with the colorful of cherry blossoms, beautiful lakes, playful fountains, and forested areas with many mature trees.

Not only that, this large, city park is also showered with festive picnic spreads, music, and food stands, making it a special destination to visit. There are many exciting spots that Tripboba recommend you to go to, such as the Central square, First Flight Monument, Olympic Memorial Dormitory, Bird Sanctuary, Row of zelkova trees, and the Observation deck. Check out these spots long with many other fine spots for great experiences.

Yoyogi Park

Great for a Sunny day Amazing place, specially during the weekends, when there are so many people who are performing various arts there. Though the entrance areas are normally crowded, the inner parts are cool and relaxing. One of...

Neat little park There was a little festival happening on the day we walked through. It seems this may be a typical occurrence. We enjoyed our walk through. It's a nice park and well-kept.

Rainy winter day, but still pretty It was rainy the day we planned to go to Yoyogi Park. We went anyway, since the hotel loaned us umbrellas. My husband wanted to dance in front of the old barracks building that was used to house...

Address : 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya 151-0052 Tokyo Prefecture

2. SHINJUKU GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN

We can't talk about best spring break destinations if we don't include this incredible national park in Shinjuku. Known for its beautiful trees, this 144-acre park offers diverse garden areas, grassy expanses, and a green house. The trees' colorful reflection can be seen through the stunning water that lies around the park. This makes the park a perfect getaway for your spring break.

The greenhouse is definitely one of the most popular spots to discover with many colorful flowers that'll make you please. Drink vending machines and plenty of restrooms along the way are also available for visitors. Other great recommendations you can explore are the multiple ponds, the Taiwanese pavilion, and the rose garden.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

A beautiful park in Shinjuku Less crowded than the Yoyogi Park, the Gyoen National garden is absolutely beautiful with different areas, decors and ambiance. You have to pay a fee to enter the park so better to go there for few...

The most beautiful garden in Tokyo Located in the center of Tokyo right after the New-York-style shopping-buildings this garden will immerge you in the zen atmosphere only Japanese people master. The garden is so huge that you...

Possibly the most beautiful garden in Tokyo Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is perhaps the most beautiful garden in Tokyo, nestled in the heart of Shinjuku/Shibuya within walking distance of Shinjuku Station, this garden to me...

Address : 11 Naitōmachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan

3. SHINJUKU CENTRAL PARK

Still at the Shinjuku area, this popular park is where families and friends meet. It offers leafy and beautiful trees with paths, a playground, a small pool during the summer, and space for sports. The intimate yet relaxing atmosphere brings your conversation to another level while being surrounded by colorful trees. This is what you can feel once you are in this central park.

This park provides flea markets and other events are held in the square on holidays. While in summer days, many visitors spend their time at the Jabujabu Pond. Visitors across the country loves to search flowers and small creatures that live in the park every season.

Shinjuku Central Park

An excellent place to run or unwind in the city center.

It's so big you can spend hours here exploring all it has to offer.

There are places to be in a little shade when the sun shines, water and coffee vending machines, ice cream stands and a playground.

Highly recommend to anyone visiting Japan and looking for a day trip.

Address : 2 Chome-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

4. TOKYO GERMAN VILLAGE

Japan is such a colorful country. There is always something fun to do. This theme park is one of the best examples for your spring break destinations in Chiba.

This park allows you to explore the rural life of German while keeping in touch with Japanese's loveliness. From a petting zoo, the beer garden and train, games and shop, to its incredibly colorful plantations. This park makes a cut to this list.

Tokyo German Village

From dawn - Illumination Visited at 4pm just for an hour. Little german shops atop the hill was neatly decorated. At sunset the illuminations w/Mt Fuji was breathtaking! The drive back to Tokyo via Aqua-line, a road across Tokyo...

It’s ok It’s all right, nothing “wow”, Tokyo City has better illuminations in my opinion. Unless you live close by or combine the rides and the illumination, i wouldn’t bother going.

Nature and amusement farm Great mix bewteen nature and amusement for kids and adults. Very big farm with games for kids, a wheel, a small zoo and many other things..... Also a small pool for kids to play and slide. The nature is...

Address : 419 Nagayoshi, Sodegaura, Chiba 299-0204, Japan

5. FUSHIMI INARI TAISHA

No matter what season is happening in Japan, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines are not to be missed. And what better example could it be than this iconic Shinto shrine? As one of the oldest and most historical landmarks in Kyoto, this place has 10000 gates and 12000 steps to climb. So, if you want to burn your calories with the company of icon, this is the place to be.

If you feel exhausted, feel free to get some tasty street food at the entrance section. The vending machines available in the area will help you get hydrated, so don't have to worry about water, And another great thing is that it's located near the Kyoto Station and easily accessed from the station.

If you love hiking, the main temple can be reached by a little bit of hiking from the station - you just have to follow the famous "red gates" all the way up the hill. But before arriving at the top, there are plenty of photogenic spots you can stop by for photo opportunities.

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha is a beautiful complex of shrine in Japan

You will need to hike to reach the shrine. So, bring enough water

You can get some Japanese street foods at the entrance

Address : 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, 612-0882, Japan

6. MEIJI JINGU

Talking about Shinto shrine, Meiji Jingu Shrine is another great destination to visit. Located in Shibuya city, this Shinto shrine is beautifully surrounded by forest featuring a seasonal iris garden. Spring's beautiful changes can definitely be seen in this place. Be prepared for an amazing experience.

If you want to be a part of the most exciting thing about this park, there is Monthly Festival called Tsukinamisai that is held on the 1st and 15th of every month. Once you are in this area, you also want to make sure to visit its Meiji Shrine Museum where items related to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are displayed.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Serene and remarkable I went here in the evening towards the end of closing time. The walk in the ground was mesmerizing, esp with very few people around. I couldn't believe this exist in the middle of a bustling metropolis.

Tranquility abounds This is a fantastic place to visit. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, this place offers a true escape from the noise and the crowds. The nature trails are exquisite. The temple is beautiful. The abundant...

A Forest within a city....Tokyo's answer to Central Park This is a place where modern Japan gets to celebrate its birth and dedicate a lovely part of it's Capital City to the Emperor Meiji. I was fortunate enough to visit in the...

Address : 1-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan

7. MT. MOIWA

Among Japan's most popular places to visit is this mountain peak in Sapporo. This landmark offers many exciting things for your spring break, such as a cable car that leads to the summit and the nightlife panoramas of Sapporo. Bringing your camera for creating some Instagram-worthy pictures would be a great idea.

Aside from that, there are also other spots to complete your visit such as an observation deck, a cafe, a shop, and a planetarium. Make sure to buy both tickets for the ropeway and the cable car to go to the top station, as you can't see any scenery from the middle station.

Mt. Moiwa

Great excursion to the summit of Mt. Moiwa! Great excursion involving various forms of transportation to get to the summit of Mt. Moiwa (531m). First you need to take the subway to Susukino subway station (Station N08 on the...

Lovely View of Sapporo The view from the top was beautiful. Playing in the snow was fun. It was really fun to watch a family from Malaysia playing in the snow for their first time! We enjoyed talking to people from around the...

Weather and views were fabulous Visited with family Pros 1) There was a free shuttle from the tram station. As usual, the shuttle driver was helpful especially we had a baby in tow. 2) Went there right after breakfast, which was...

Address : Mt. Moiwa, Moiwayama, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 005-0041, Japan

8. UMINONAKAMICHI SEASIDE PARK

Japan is such a perfect country to enjoy spring break. The country attracts people with its wonderful and colorful flowers, trees, and plantations. This popular national park in Higashi Ward is giving you exactly that experience. It is a sprawling leisure space comes with an amusement park, a campground, a pool, and a seasonal flower festivals.

In this park, you get to enjoy many attractions and activities such as a mini zoo and petting farm, go karts, and aquarium. You can also do bike renting if you want to explore the park further. The Flower Guide is completed with autumn rose, flower museum, cosmos, and Pampasgrass.

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park Has Something for All Ages We were in Fukuoka for the day during our cruise. Japanese friends met us and took us to this park. We rented bicycles so we could see most of this enormous park. The...

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is a Nice and huge park. You can go there by land or by ferry. I suggest you rent a bike to go around the park so you will be able to see the most of it. Also bring food to...

Best Park all-around park in Japan 10/10 Wow. This park looked amazing on google maps, but when we went there it was even more spectacular. We went here for 3 hours in September. Took a ferry from Hakata port (a very nice 15 min...

Address : Japan, 〒811-0321 Fukuoka, Higashi Ward, Saitozaki, 大字)18−25

9. SANKEIEN GARDEN

Spring with garden is a perfect combination to enjoy your spring break this season. Since its opening in 1906, this garden has drawn attention from the locals and tourists alike. It is a traditional Japanese garden that features historic buildings from Japan and around the world. The leafy and greenery surrounding make this place even more special.

Sankeien Garden showcases flowers from all 4 seasons. Winter flowers include Narcissus and Camellia while summer flower comes with Water Lily, Hanashobu (Iris flower), and more. In autumn, you can see beautiful flowers like Hagi, Maple, Ginkgo, and Cluster amaryllis. In the spring itself, you'll see the gorgeous Sakura, Spriaea thunbergii, Yamabuki, Azalea, Satsuki, and more.

Located in Honmokusannotani, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Sankeien Garden is home to 17 building including 10 cultural property buildings of the country and 3 tangible cultural property buildings. In this garden, you can also be a part of its many events that's held annually including Bonsai exhibition in January and the Cherry blossom viewing evening in March.

Sankeien Garden

Park

Address : 58-1 Honmokusannotani, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0824, Jepang

10. THE HAKONE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

The diversity of Japan's attractions really needs to appreciate. This country is a total bless for many world travelers out there. Just like other popular attractions, this stunning museum is known as Japan's first open-air museum that was opened in 1969. It houses over 1,000 sculptures and features art from many world-famous artists such as Henry Moore, Constantin Brâncuși, Barbara Hepworth, Rokuzan Ogiwara, and Kōtarō Takamura. One of the best things about it is its colorful and incredible architecture. You definitely don't want to exclude this place in your spring break destinations.

There is also a small building inside the park with an interesting exhibition about Picasso - explore this and you'll see why it's very popular. The Hakone Open-Air Museum also provides something called Ashiyu where you can enjoy an Onsen foot bath for free - bring your own towel to dry off after or you can purchase it at the area with a small amount of money.

The cafe around the area is also available for relaxing. You'll absolutely love this.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

One of the most beautiful open air museums with a selection of amazing sculptures in a beautiful mountainous location.

It takes a whole day here to appreciate the artwork displayed in it.

The art and facilities are very well cared for by the museum staff.

An excellent travel destination especially if you love Picasso, abstract and fine art in symmetry.

Address : 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone, 足柄下郡 Kanagawa 250-0407, Japan

11. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN

The fact that this theme park is among Japan's most popular places is beyond. Your spring break will absolutely be more colorful if you pay a visit to this place. The park is made in dedication to popular American movies. The rides and live entertainment featured in this place will also add fun to your journey.

Among the most popular offers are the jaws ride, the Spider-Man ride, the WaterWorld, the minion section, and the Jurassic park ride. But one attraction you must try is the Harry Potter section. It is the most popular attraction where you can be a part of fun ride and do souvenir shopping. The Harry Potter section also offers a candy shop where all the snacks gathered - the butter beers with alcohol and non alcohol are also available.

Universal Studios Japan

Everyone was very Friendly We live in Kansai and were able to visit in July 2020 during the restricted entry for local residents. We went on a weekday and there were no lines or large crowds. Everyone of the USJ staff was very...

For our USA fans, they still have the JAWS ride A great day out, lots of unique things you never seen in USA parks like Sesame Street, Peanuts & Hello Kitty

Loved Every Corner of USJ My favorite part of my experience is the Harry Potter ride experience. but i think, every part that i visited i have enjoyed a lot. i got back being a kid again hahaha. Though you have to be hungry...

Address : 2-chōme-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, 554-0031, Japan

12. SAPPORO ODORI PARK

Spring is identical with beautiful leave changing. Whenever you are in Sapporo region, this iconic park is unmissable. It offers areas full of flowerbeds, fountains, and it hosts frequent events throughout the year.

Activities and facilities around this park include shopping at the Beer Garden for great beers and snacks, a Christmas market, snow sculptures, Lilac Festival, YASAKOI Soran Festival, and more. But the most popular one has to be the Sapporo Snow Festival. If you happen to visit Japan in winter, Sapporo Snow Festival is definitely unmissable.

Sapporo Odori Park

One of the best spots which is very well maintained by local authorities.

Alongside the length of the road there are many interesting activities, all different from one another.

Worth a visit during your stay in Sapporo.

Address : 7 Chome Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042, Japan

13. KAMIYUBETSU TULIP PARK

Colorful would be the perfect word to describe your spring break experience in Japan. There are so many amazing parks to visit including this other vibrant park in Hokkaido. These fields are filled with rows of brightly colored seasonal blooms. To attract its visitors, the park also has windmills and an annual Tulip Fair to enjoy.

The best time to visit the park is in May to the middle of the year where you can witness the full blooming part. There is also a museum about Tondenhei nearby along with a coffee shop in the annex. As the park is situated on a roadside station, you will be able to use the restroom and restaurant except during the tulip season.

Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park

Fields packed with rows of brightly colored seasonal blooms, plus windmills & an annual Tulip Fair.

There are some nice features in the park for people to take photos.

Address : Kamiyubetsutonden Shigaichi, Yubetsu, 紋別郡 Hokkaido 099-6501, Japan

14. HITACHI SEASIDE PARK

Walking romantically in the middle of beautiful and colorful plants and flowers would be a great idea for you. This is exactly what this popular park has for you. There are many incredible things offered in this park, whether the vibrant tulips, the exciting Ferris wheel, or the blooming of 4.5 million of the translucent-petaled blue flowers in the spring. Four-season displays and the rock festival are also a part of this stunning park.

Hitachi Seaside Park also provides bike rental for visitors who wants to explore the park with biking. It also features million daffodils and a small amusement park. You'll totally love the vibrant color of this park.

Hitachi Seaside Park

If you want to visit a place that is quite open and can ride a bike at a leisurely pace, then this place is the best.

The variety of blue nemophila flowers is soothing to the eye.

They also have several carnival rides and games for the kids.

If you are lucky enough, you may also see some scattered bunches of tulips.

Autumn season is the best time to visit.

Address : Japan, 〒312-0012 茨城県ひたちなか市大字馬渡 大沼605-4

15. ARASHIYAMA

Take a walk and relax yourself with one of this Japan's landmarks. This popular place is known as a home to the gorgeous bamboo forest and it is a host of monkeys, water vistas, and the scenic views. This place is the kind of attraction that brings wonderful vibes to your being. The feeling of blessed can be reflected through this experience.

You can rent a Kimono at the area and walk around with it to create nice pictures. Can be easily reached by train, bus, bicycle or taxi, Arashiyama is also blessed with many temples and shops for souvenir shopping. If you want to enjoy fun ride, take the Ricksaw ride and the rider will accompany you with fun facts and histories of Arashiyama and other spots in the area. A 30-minute to 1 hour trip in this natural place will do you good.

Arashiyama

Winding, lush venue showcasing a host of monkeys plus a scenic bamboo forest & water vistas.

Beautiful We only thought this was just a massive forest with bamboo and that's all it was, but we were wrong. We saw a beautiful lake from atop a lookout and went for a boat ride as there were boats you could hire for an hour and...

Address : Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0007 Kyoto Prefecture

16. TOKYO DISNEYSEA

One of the most exciting things you can do for your spring break is visiting this popular theme park. It is located at the Tokyo Disney Resort with a size of 176-acre land offering many fun things and attractions. It is so popular that this park has attracted nearly 15 million visitors in 2018 alone - making it the fourth-most-visited theme park in the world.

You can enjoy 7 themed ports of call with rides, shows, and dining in this park. Tokyo DisneySea is probably the most beautiful Disney park in the world. Many visitors have said this. You might have visited other Disney parks, but you won't find anything like in this park else where. You'll totally experience a new level of excitement.

Tokyo DisneySea

This is an interesting and unique amusement park with many rides provided.

There are so many different and unique features in this park compared to other Disney parks.

The themed and intricate details in this park are extraordinary.

Landscape is incredible and you can drink beer, wine or something liquor.

Address : 1−13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, Japan

17. NIJō CASTLE

Castles in Japan are not only historical, unique, and traditional, they are also mostly surrounded by beautiful trees. In spring, your visit to castles and shrines is more colorful with the company of the changing leaves. This famous castle brings itself to this list with its charming self.

In this popular castle, you can witness the scene of "Taisei Hokan" and the fallen of "Shogun." The colorful leaves of the Sakura can be seen in April or i the fall season. If you want to enjoy the Japanese gardens and castle, Nijo Castle is definitely a perfect destination to visit.

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle has to be one of the most popular attractions in the eyes of tourists

This flatland castle consists of two palaces, Ninomaru Palace and Honmaru Palace, supported by several buildings and gardens

Address : 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8301, Japan

18. KENROKU-EN

Your journey in the country will be better and better. Popular and iconic places are blessing every step you make. Among the country's most recommended places to visit for your spring break is this perfect garden. It is known as one of the Three Great Gardens in Japan and also popular for its enchanted beauty in all seasons.

If you want to avoid the crowds, Tripboba recommends you to visit on weekdays. To make this experience all Japanese, there is a Kimono rental shop you can use for renting. Many visitors usually explores the park with a Kimono on. Large ponds, Tsukiyama, Ochin, and teahouses are also ready to explore.

Kenroku-en

Kenroku-en is absolutely the best recommendation to admire the beauty of the city.

It is an old private garden that’s known as one of the Three Great Gardens in Japan.

This garden is famously known for its enchanted beauty in all seasons.

Address : 1 Kenrokumachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0936, Japan

19. MEGURO RIVER CHERRY BLOSSOMS PROMENADE

You definitely wouldn't mind if another stunning place like this scenic spot is recommended to you. As popular as it is, this place has drawn many tourists across the world to enjoy its wonderful color and beauty. This scenic riverside path is lined with gorgeous cherry trees, making it a charming place to complete your spring break destinations in Japan.

This popular spot allows you to have the best Hanami (flower viewing) in the country. You can visit it during the day or evening - the light showing is until 9 pm. Great for walking, this park also offers food stalls, cafes, and restaurants for relaxing.

Meguro River Cherry Blossoms Promenade

Stunning riverside walks and horizons for a romantic stroll on a good bike or on foot.

You can enjoy long peaceful walks along the river with pretty pink flowers.

The cherry blossoms make the sidewalk so magical and the river turns pink with the flowers.

There is a lot to see on both sides of the river and there is plenty of street food to choose from.

Address : 2 Chome-6 Nakameguro, Meguro City, Tokyo 152-0000, Japan

20. MOTHER FARM

This whole experience is absolutely incomplete without visiting this iconic farm in Chiba Prefecture. While surrounded by Japan's natural self, you can see all kinds of farm animals like cows, sheep, pigs, and even alpacas. In spring, you can witness one of the country's most wonderful flower fields. Amusement ride and a dog park are also available in the farm area. This is how Japan treats you, all are iconic and unforgettable.

Mother Farm

One of the most popular sightseeing farms in Japan.

With its wide and open grounds, a variety of animals for visitors to interact with.

Address : 940-3 Tagura, Futtsu, Chiba 299-1731, Japan