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Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom, a Spring Tradition in Japan

This video, titled "Beautiful Sakura & Shrines in Japan 4K --UltraHD Background Video," was released by "Tel Stewart."
It introduces scenery of cherry blossoms at popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.

When spring arrives, the Japanese archipelago is covered with cherry blossoms in full bloom, creating beautiful pink landscapes.
In addition to varieties such as the Yoshino cherry and Yaezakura, various endemic varieties, made through crossbreeding during the Muromachi Period (1336 to 1573 AD), bloom in popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.
There are some characteristic varieties, such as Sumizome cherry blossoms, that are slightly grayish, as well as other varieties like Kawazu cherry blossoms that bloom early, so sit back and enjoy the different varieties of cherry blossoms in the video!

What is the attraction of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto and when are the cherry blossoms at their best?

image of Senbon Torii Gate at Fushimi Inari, Kyoto
Photo:The thousand torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

At Fushimi Inari Shrine, is a tourist attraction that many tourists visit not only in Japan but also from overseas.In the ranking of popular inbound tourist attractions, it was ranked No. 1.

It is the main shrine of more than 30,000 Inari shrines nationwide, and was seated on Mount Inari in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City on the first day of February in the 4th year of Wako (711).

In the main shrine, five pillars, including Ukanomitama no Okami, are enshrined, and they are deeply worshipped as gods of prosperity in business and good harvest.

In addition to the vermilion torii, there are numerous ozuka in the mountains of Mount Inari, and it is said that climbing Mount Inari and visiting Shinto shrines and ozuka is "mountainous."

One of the most popular photo spots for tourists is Senbon Torii, a vermilion-coated "Senbon Torii" lined up on the approach, with about 10,000 torii across Mount Inari.

Furthermore, in spring, the approach is decorated with beautiful cherry blossoms.You can enjoy the collaboration of cherry blossoms with vermilion torii, the main shrine of important cultural properties, and the statue of a fox belonging to the kenzoku of Inari Daigami.

The best time to see cherry blossoms at Fushimi Inari Taisha is usually early April.Kyoto is expected to bloom around March 23rd and April 1st, a little earlier than usual, in 2024.

Sightseeing at Famous Cherry Blossom Locations in Japan!

image of Miharu Waterfall Cherry Blossoms, Fukushima Prefecture
Photo:Miharu Waterfall Cherry Blossoms, Fukushima Prefecture

There are many tourist spots in Japan where you can enjoy a spectacular view of cherry blossoms.
In particular, the Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture's Yamataka Jindai-zakura, and Gifu Prefecture's Neoya Usuzumi Zakura, known as the three major cherry blossoms spots in Japan, are all worth checking out.
These cherry trees are estimated to be 1,000 to 2,000 years old, and the sight of the cherry blossoms in full bloom on the giant trees is a sight to behold.
The combination of the previous three famous locations, together with the Ishitokaba Zakura in Saitama Prefecture and Gebazakura in Shizuoka Prefecture's Kariyado, are called the "Five Great Cherry Blossoms of Japan."
Take a look at the beautiful trees selected as part of the "Top 100 New Japanese Trees."
In the video, you can also see the cherry blossoms at "Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden," a place where you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing in the big city of Shinjuku.
From 2:37 in the video, you can see the beautiful cherry blossoms blooming against the backdrop of urban buildings.

Tips for Enjoying Japan's Cherry Blossom Viewing Tradition

image of flower viewing
Photo:Cherry blossom viewing

The temperature of the Japanese archipelago varies from region to region, and so the time when cherry blossoms bloom varies as well.
In the spring, news of bloom forecasts for each region is broadcast in Japan, and when cherry blossoms begin blooming, famous places and parks nationwide are crowded with many people flocking to see the beautiful flowers.

Japanese people look forward to the end of the long winter and the arrival of cherry blossoms each year.
The cherry blossoms are ephemeral flowers that disappear almost as fast as they arrive, but the spectacular view of cherry blossoms blizzards with pink petals fluttering about is also plentiful.

Summary of Japan's Beautiful Cherry Blossoms

image of Cherry blossoms, Someiyoshino
Photo:Cherry blossoms, Someiyoshino

As you can see in the video, Japan's cherry blossom scenery and especially the cherry blossom blizzards are truly breathtaking.
If you're looking to enjoy sightseeing in Japan during spring, be sure to visit the scenic shrines and cherry blossom spots all over the country!

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Last Updated : Mar. 28, 2024
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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Enjoy Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom at the Popular Tourist Spots Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto and Shinjuku Gyoen in Shinjuku, Tokyo! The Spectacular View of Pink Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom Is a Stunning Sight Unique To Japan!
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