Hanami or cherry blossom viewing is a famous Japanese tradition since it marks the first day of spring. A lot of cherry viewing activities take place in many places in Japan during this season. But do you know that there are other things you can do to enjoy your spring vacation besides sakura viewing? Here are the activities you would surely love to try.

1. Attending sake festivals
If you love drinking, you can visit sake storehouses in Japan where visitors could try a freshly made rice wine for free! Fukuoka is known to be one of the best places in Japan to have sake storehouses that serve a delightful cup of a newly-brewed sake.

2. Strawberry picking
Strawberry picking is also one of the things that you can enjoy especially when you love strawberries! There are farms open to the public for limitless strawberry picking and tasting. You can visit Tochigi Prefecture as they are the biggest grower of strawberries in Japan.

3. Search for wild greens
If you are adventurous, try to search for wild plants that are safe to eat while you are walking in the mountains. Bring all the necessary things that you can use like kitchen scissors, a pocket knife, a pair of gloves and a bag to carry everything you collect. And most importantly, wear the proper clothing when you’re hunting.

4. Hiking
Hiking must be challenging for some but it is worth a try! The green view and the cool breeze when you are on the top would definitely relax and calm your mind. You may try these mountains for your next hike: Mount Takao, Mount Yoshino, Mount Shibutsu, Mount Yoneyama, and Mount Aso.

5. Clam digging
Not only a fun activity for lovers but also for the family who likes to bond together on a beautiful spring day. Japan’s beaches have clam digging spots perfect for harvesting littleneck clams. Do you know that clams are rich in calcium and vitamin B12? Add them to miso soup and get your own “vitamin sea” in it.