When you think of Japan in spring, there is nothing more symbolic than Sakura - the cherry blossom. Throughout Japan, people celebrate the coming of spring with flower viewing parties and festivals. Sakura is revered and the season rejoiced.
The blooming of cherry trees varies from region to region. Trees generally bloom in Kyushu and Tokyo in March, but in Hokkaido the Sakura do not bloom until May. Throughout Japan, people pay special attention to the weather, with weather newscasts constantly providing an update on the blooming progress and the best days for flower viewing. The season is special, providing an atypical glimpse of Japan and Japanese culture.
19th Century red brick architectural relic from Hokkaido’s industrial heyday
Timeless Okinawan island landscape - framed by a row of Bise trees
The stream weaves its natural beauty and color through the woods
Taste the natural wonder of Yakushima Island
Warm spring welcome by 200 beautiful blooming Sakura trees
Gorgeous Sakura tree, guardian of a hillside tea plantation
Majestic Mt. Fuji, viewed from the shores of a quiet, idyllic lake
Venerate old Sakura tree stands and overlooks the great mountains in the horizon
Islands of Kagoshima, rich in drama and wonder