Hanami is the annual Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom. It is an activity loved by the nation during the spring season.
In Niseko, cherry blossoms bloom slightly later than the rest of the nation, allowing visitors to enjoy spring skiing and cherry blossoms together. We recommend our guests take part in the festive event and follow our general guide of dos and don'ts during hanami.
Bring Food and Drinks
A hanami party would be incomplete without food and drinks. Especially as public drinking is legal in Japan, we recommend bringing sake as it is considered the traditional hanami drink. Make sure to check the location you're visiting beforehand as some parks do not allow alcohol.
Reserve Your Spot
Go early in the morning to get a good spot as hanami is an extremely popular custom. Once you have found your ideal location, lay down a picnic mat and enjoy the cherry blossoms around you.
Take off Your Shoes
Similar to entering a home in Japan, remove your shoes before stepping on to the picnic mat.
Don't Leave Trash Behind
Carry an additional bag to take your rubbish with you when there are no public bins around. It is frowned upon to leave your rubbish behind or dispose of it incorrectly.