Have you always wanted to visit Japan, but you’ve never been sure when the perfect time to go would be? Well, this could be the best time to visit this Asian nation…
New research has shown that Japan is one of the hottest destinations for travellers this year. ICE (International Currency Exchange) reported that there has been a 700% increase in travellers purchasing Japanese Yen compared to last year.
This could well have something to do with the Rugby World Cup, which kicked off last month, or the Summer Olympic Games, which will take place in 2020. But it’s likely also down to the increasing number of affordable flights now serving the region, coupled with its beguiling culture, stunning scenery and promise of the world’s best sushi.
ICE’s Head of UK, Louis Bridger, said: “It’s fair to say that Japan is looking like the top trending holiday destination for 2019. We’re expecting that interest in Japan will continue to skyrocket after the World Cup as it’s sure to inspire holidaymakers to tick it off their bucket lists.”
“Japan often has a reputation for being an expensive place to travel,” continues Louis, “but with a bit of planning ahead it’s absolutely possible to have an affordable trip to Japan and it can even be a cheaper holiday destination than several places in Western Europe.”
It seems that now is the time to visit Japan, so we’ve got tips on how to beat the crowds, get a great deal, and see the cherry blossom on your Japan holiday.
3 reasons why you should visit Japan now
1. There’s a party going on
September 2019 has seen the start of Japan hosting 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 or early 2020, you’ll reap the rewards.
2. It won’t be as expensive as you might think it is
Japan is wildly misunderstood when it comes to money. It has a reputation for being expensive to get there and expensive to stay. But while Rugby World Cup and Olympics will make it much pricier during those seasons, it doesn’t have to be unaffordable. Lots of cheap flights serve Tokyo’s airports, often requiring a stopover in Europe, and with more accommodation than ever before, you’ve got much better options for where to stay. Plus, if you book now – and travel outside of the sporting seasons – you can still lock in a great price if you’re quick.
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, but book ahead for spring 2020 and you’ll be laughing. 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. And you won’t only 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.
How has SA been doing so far in the World Cup?
Although the Springboks lost their first match to New Zealand by 10 points, the green and gold team beat Namibia with over 50 points in their second game. The Boks played their third match against Italy today, and once again another victory was earned! All forthcoming games will be available to stream on DStv Now.
By Features Writer, Marike Watson
Features writer by trade, music lover and fine-line illustrator by nature. As an expert on the ’70s era, Marike will happily introduce you to her record collection. She’s passionate about African art and culture. And if she’s not off on an adventure, you’ll most likely find her making coffee.