Forests , The famous cherry blossom of Japan , Japan
The famous cherry blossom of Japan

This display of nature serves as both a sign of spring and a tourist attraction.

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Forests Japan
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor Profile

Discover Forests

The wide variety of the Japanese landscape (roughly 17,000 species) is due to its climate and relief. Forests cover 67% of the country's surface area and is mainly made up of hardwood and conifers: oak, beech, maple, thuja, red and black pines, combined with birch and ash trees. The west is dominated by a forest in which conifers vie for space with bamboos, magnolias and green oaks. White and red plum trees, fast-blossoming cherry trees, bamboos and pines have all become symbols of the country.

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Forests , Cherry trees in bloom , Japan
Cherry trees in bloom

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Forests , A Japanese maple , Japan
A Japanese maple

This elegant tree is appreciated by the Japanese for its ravishing colours that change with the seasons.

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Forests , A bamboo grove in the Kiso Valley , Japan
A bamboo grove in the Kiso Valley

Nicknamed the Rhine of Japan, the Kiso Valley in the region of Chibu has preserved its unspoilt beauty.

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Forests , A bamboo forest , Japan
A bamboo forest

The bamboo is inseparable from Japan, where it is used for fences, fountains and tools.

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Forests , Autumn in Arashiyama near Kyoto , Japan
Autumn in Arashiyama near Kyoto

Many of the Japanese come to this region to see the cherry trees in bloom and the autumn colours.

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