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.
Gorgeous Sakura tree, guardian of a hillside tea plantation
Time travel to the Edo Period
JAL cabin crews experience a segway tour.
Discover the healing powers of Okinawa’s most sacred “power spot”
Contemporary walk through a 400-year old samurai district
Islands of Kagoshima, rich in drama and wonder
Taste the natural wonder of Yakushima Island
Discover Japan’s timeless country landscape
Cherry blossoms and Field Mustard in full bloom on the river bank