A red-lipped, kimono-clad geisha vanishing around a corner. Riverside cherry trees bursting into cloudlike bloom. Ancient temples, tea ceremony masters and centuries-old craftsmanship. Zen gardens with raked sand and haiku-inspiring rock formations. Join us in historic Kyoto during cherry blossom season. Be part of the celebrations as Japanese people throw away their reserve and decide to party in Hanami tradition, joining picnics and moonlit soirees to view the splendour  of spring. Then be part of one of Japan’s oldest festivals in picturesque Takyama. Join the procession of locals dressed in traditional costume as elaborate floats and the sacred Shinto shrine make their way through the streets in this joyful parade.