Cherry blossom season is big news in Japan, where it’s monitored day-by-day across the country throughout March and April. Peak Kyoto Hanami is usually in the first week of April, (weather permitting) when the city is bathed in pink and white blooms. Chase the colours from gallerist Elmar Weinmayr’s converted warehouse loft in the city’s historic centre. It even provides bicycles for exploring the surrounding neighbourhood, which is home to Kyoto Imperial Palace – one of the best places to see cherry blossom in the city. Weinmayr loft is attached to his art gallery, which specialises in Japanese ceramics, so much sure you have room in your suitcase.

Best for: viewing the cherry blossom
Cost: from €204 per night via Welcome Beyond