Now that Sakura (Cherry Blossom) season is beginning in Japan, everyone is trying to make the most of this beautiful time of the year in Japan. And some hotels are making it even easier for their guests to enjoy the Sakura, like the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, Japan!
Hotel New Otani and EBISUYA Rickshaw Japan have joined forces to offer Hotel New Otani guests the option of purchasing “Ohanami Rickshaw” rides, which will take them to see all of the best Sakura around the hotel. Put on a kimono like the people in the pic tureabove, and you can feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the Edo period!
For those that aren’t familiar with rickshaws, just think of them as cool, personal taxis, which are pulled by some very nice Japanese guides. As a matter of fact, Ebisuya Rickshaw Japan is considered to be one of the most popular rickshaw companies, with an over 95% positive rating on TripAdvisor. But even if you can’t make it to Japan this Sakura season, you can still checkout one of their 360 degree VR virtual tours here:
From March 30 to April 2, 2018, the Hotel New Otani is offering the “Ohanami rickshaw” rides in two set course: (1) a 20-minute course; and (2) a 90-minute course. The 20-minute ride takes you along the Akasaka Imperial Palace in Tokyo, down the popular Sakura viewing Sofia Street. The 90-minute ride takes you to the Sakura Dori of Yasukuni Shrine, which is a very nice Sakura-viewing spot in Tokyo.
But don’t forget you’re wallet, as the 20-minute ride will cost about 7,000 yen ($65.73 U.S. Dollars) and the 90-minute ride will set you back 25,000 yen ($234.75 U.S. Dollars)! So you might want to stop-by a “kombini” for lunch afterwards.
And don’t forget, a cheaper option is to rent a couple of bikes, and you and your loved-one can checkout all of the Sakura spots as much as you want!
See you soon!