CHERRY BLOSSOM IN JAPAN
The best time to visit Japan for the spectacular spring blossom that transforms its gardens and avenues is a three-week window from late March to mid-April. The Japanese are also keen to see it, so you need to get organised now. There is still a fair choice of departure dates on highlights-of-Japan trips (which include gardens in Kyoto and Osaka) with Far East specialist Wendy Wu.
From £3,890 for a Week in Japan tour, departing on various dates between March 24 and April 8 2019. Full board (wendywutours.co.uk). Eclipse Reverse tour with some meals, departing June 28 2019 (explore.co.uk).