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Spring travel in Japan: Blooming and beautiful cherry blossoms
Posted on 31/03/2018

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In Japan spring coats the country with pink blossoms. The arrival of spring means the most beautiful blossoms of cherry trees are visible. The whole country is transformed and the landscapes are tinged with pink. This is the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring and book your ticket to Japan to admire this stunning natural phenomenon. Throughout the country the Sakura ("cherry trees" in Japanese) will leave you impressed. Here is a glimpse of the beauty of Japan, these pictures have made us want to pop over there, what about you?

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  • Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan
    Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan

    "Sakura" is the Japanese term that is used to talk about Japanese cherry blossoms.

  • Mount Yoshino, Nara, Japan
    Mount Yoshino, Nara, Japan

    In Japan there isn't just one type of cherry tree. The picture above is evidence that many different types of cherry trees exist. However, the cherry trees that are mainly white with a tiny bit of pink are the most common ones in the country.

  • Chidorigafuchi Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
    Chidorigafuchi Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

    The spring season is impatiently awaited by tourists and the Japanese themselves. Many Japenese people take the opportunity to go out and celebrate the arrival of spring.

  • A Geisha facing a blossomed tree
    A Geisha facing a blossomed tree

    Weather reports often address the subject of cherry blossoms at this time of year. There are some specialized sites that state the flowering rate of trees in Japan. This type of reporting could be compared to the weather forecast for snow in the USA.

  • Daikaku-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan
    Daikaku-ji temple, Kyoto, Japan

    Observing cherry trees is an activity in its own right in Japan. This activity is called "Hanami." The Hanami is where cherry trees are contemplated whilst drinking sake (Japanese rice wine).

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For a few weeks Japan allows nature to dictate its rhythm. In spring the country's landscape transforms and makes way for the bloom of cherry trees in Japan. This beautiful phenomenon is present in both urban and rural sites.

From mid-March to mid-May the Japanese leave their homes and celebrate the Hamani festival. This occasion is more a way of life than a festival. This Japanese traditional ritual consists of observing and admiring the beauty of the flowers that have bloomed or are fully open. A real poetic moment that tourists from all four corners of the world should experience.