Spring is the most favorite season for the Japanese people. They do admire its beauty than rest of the seasons. It is a beautiful, magical, joyful, harmoniums, and vigorous season. Cherry blossoms (sakura) and hanami festival make them proud of it. Local people gather in various public parks, gardens, riversides and castle grounds to enjoy a memorable hanami picnic party by inviting their relatives and friends.

Cherry Blossoms at Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto. Photo Credit: Flickr.

Millions of cherry trees start blooming and they create a great atmosphere that everybody want to be with. A number of spring festivals are held throughout the country where people enjoy various cultural events, stage performances, night cherry blossom viewing, eating outdoor under cherry tree, collecting souvenirs and etc. Visiting Japan in spring help you understand the culture, people and most importantly you can reveal many hidden surprises.

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Things to Do and See in japan During Spring


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Takinoue Park Shibazakura Festival 2017

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Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival 2017

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Atami Baien Ume Matsuri | Visit Shizuoka

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How to Enjoy Hanami in Japan

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10 Best Cherry Blossom Viewing (Hanami) Spots in Kyoto

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