14 beautiful photos of Japanese cherry blossom in full bloom

Spring blossom isn’t just a pretty sight in Japan: it’s a national obsession. Every March and April, the entire country ventures outside to see the pink and white blooms – a symbol of new life – with picnics, parties, and festivals.

You won’t just find cherry blossom (sakura) on the trees: it’s in snacks, on souvenirs, and even sprinkled on Starbucks. The arrival of the blooms is forecast on television: a petal-by-petal analysis of the new season’s arrival!

Here are some of the best places to see Japanese cherry blossom – and do a little hanami (‘flower-watching’) for yourself – or join our exclusive Woman & Home cherry blossom Japan holiday, departing in March 2019!

1. Osaka Castle during the spring season

2. Cherry blossom trees with Mt Fuji

3. To-ji pagoda with cherry blossom in Kyoto

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4. Yoshinoyama, in Nara Prefecture, during spring

5. Sakura at Chureito Pagoda

6. People take part in hanami (‘flower-watching’) picnics, under the blooms

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7. Just after sakura season, millions of pink Shibazakura flowers carpet the base of Mt. Fuji

8. The blooms last only a week before falling from the trees

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9. Cherry blossoms in Yoshino

10. Blooms at a temple in Kyoto

11. In Tokyo, the blossom is lit up at night

12. Himeji Castle in Hyōgo

13.  Kiyomizu-dera shrine in Kyoto

Want to see Japan’s cherry blossom for yourself? Join our exclusive Woman & Home Japan Holiday – a spectacular 12-day trip which transports you to all the best blossom spots, plus Tokyo & Mount Fuji, a thrilling bullet train journey, traditional tea ceremony, and 8-night cruise around Japan’s stunning coastline. See the details

14. Tokyo’s skyline peeps over the Japanese cherry blossom

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