I am a runner, can I run each morning? Is it safe?
Yes, Japan is a very safe country. The pavements are generally quite wide and there is a fair amount of green space. We do suggest talking to the pack leader or hotel reception about the best routes to go as well as taking a mobile phone with GPS, some water and letting someone else know.
When is the blossom out?
Cherry blossoms bloom at different times in different regions of Japan, but peak season is usually between the last week of March and the first two weeks of April. Forecasting the bloom has become a hi-tech art form and there are a number of forecasts available if you look online. The cherry blossom only lasts for about 1-2 weeks from first bloom to full bloom before the 'sakura snow' effect begins and the blossoms begin to fall.