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Japan in spring: A cherry blossom paradise

Hello everybody! smilie
It’s spring time in Japan again and that means the cherry blossoms are blooming in most regions right now.
Here in Kansai they’re at their peak at the moment! smilie

I thought I should share some of my favorite cherry blossom photos that I took in the past 5 years.
Yes, it’s my 5th spring here, but it never gets boring! The beautiful cherry and plum blossoms amaze me every year again. smilie

I hope you’ll enjoy it!~smilie

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Ueno Park in Tokyo, 2008:
This photo is obviously quite old. Taken with a camera that I don’t possess anymore, so the quality is not that good. That goes for all photos of 2008-2009!
Ueno Park is so beautiful in spring, but also very crowded.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Matsuyama Castle in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku, 2009:
I was so lucky that year. In Shikoku the cherry blossoms were at their peak and the weather was clear as well!
For me there’s nothing more beautiful than a blue sky, cherry blossoms and a castle in the background!
Around the castle are millions of cherry blossom trees, so it’s a great hanami spot!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Matsuyama Central Park, Ehime, Shikoku 2009:
Ocean and cherry blossoms are also one of my favorite sceneries to take photos of!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Matsuyama Central Park 2009:
Cherry blossoms during sunset.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku, 2009:
The park around the “pseudo” castle was so beautiful and full of cherry blossoms. You also had a nice view on the ocean!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Hiroshima 2010:
Cherry blossoms in the rain near the A-Bomb Dome.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Hiroshima 2010:
The rainy atmosphere was just right for Hiroshima. Cherry blossoms can be beautiful even during rainy days!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Close-up of soaked cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Bridal photo shooting at Shukkeien, a Japanese-style garden in Hiroshima, 2010.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Hiroshima 2010, taken at one of the many temples and shrines on my way to the Peace Pagoda.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Miyajima 2010:
So beautiful in spring, but even better in autumn. I went there a few times as it was rather close to where I used to live before I moved.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Miyajima 2010.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

And of course the deer enjoyed the cherry blossoms on Miyajima, too!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture 2010 is a very beautiful place in spring!
You’ll have the pink cherry blossoms and the blue ocean in the background!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Beautiful tree in Onomichi 2010.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

The Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto (near Ginkaku-ji) 2010:
Cherry blossom paradise! Kyoto is very popular in spring!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Arashiyama in Kyoto 2010

Cherry blossoms in Japan

One of the most photographed cherry blossom trees in Kyoto, Gion (near Yasaka Shrine) 2010:
Can you see the crow that posed especially for that one photo?

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Kotohira, Kagawa Prefecture 2011

Cherry blossoms in Japan

In front of the Miffy Exhibition on Kotohira, 2011.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Yashima, Kagawa Prefecture 2011:
Absolutely beautiful and you should go visit there no matter when!
2011 I was very unlucky and missed the cherry blossoms for the most part. They were blooming much later than usually (just like this year) and started when my vacation was about to end! :(

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Tsuyama (Okayama Prefecture) 2011

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Tsuyama (Okayama Prefecture) 2011 – same park as the picture before!
I really like the shape of that tree! :)

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms in Japan right after a typhoon. Luckily they survived.
Me too, although I was taking photos of a castle outside in the middle of the rainstorm, ahahaha~
I’m always so lucky with the weather! *sigh*

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms in the castle park in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 2012:
This photo was taken 1 day after the typhoon.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Not only the typhoon harmed the blossoms. It seems like all sorts of insects like them.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

And not only insects, but also squirrels it seems! *g* (sorry for the bad quality ..)

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Shizuoka 2012:
Cherry blossoms and skyscrapers. Taken from within the Shunpu Castle park.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Himeji 2012:
The castle is still under reconstruction, but there are SO many cherry blossom trees surrounding the castle.
It’s really beautiful and worth a visit!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms over the moat of Himeji castle, 2012.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms lit up around sunset.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms in Japan are often lit up at night.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

And finally I’ll post a few close-ups of various cherry blossoms and probably a few plum blossoms as well.
If I actually spend some time on it I could tell them apart, but uhm .. yeah, right now I can’t!
It’s not THAT difficult though.

I hope you enjoy the following photos as well!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Light effects.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

About to bloom.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Almost there.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Simply beautiful.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

You can say what you want but cherry blossoms look the best with blue sky in the background!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Very pink.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Can you see the spider web thread?

Cherry blossoms in Japan

White and pink together = love!

Cherry blossoms in Japan

And the last photo for today.

Spring is one of my favorite seasons in Japan, but recently I like autumn even better. smilie
The great thing about spring is that there are so many limited sakura (cherry blossom) related items!
Tea, snacks, sweets, body lotions! I’m obsessed with cherry blossoms and because they’re limited I can’t resist to buy some of those items!!!
How about you?

Thank you for reading / looking! smilie
I hope you enjoyed it! It always really takes me forever to post blog posts like this!

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19 Comments

  • A beautiful post with lots of lovely photos, I really enjoyed it! I can see how much work you put into this portrayal of what is arguably “the” season to be in Japan.
    Also, I notice that judging from your photos, we must have visited Matsuyama-jō on perhaps the exact same day in 2009 (a few photos included in my attached gallery) – really fantastic hanami spot indeed :thumbup:

    Schön, dass die schlimme Phase unmittelbar nach deinem Umzug jetzt überstanden ist. Viele Grüße ;P

    • Hallo Norbert! Vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar!

      I had a look and your photos and was amazed to see where you’ve been to!
      You even visited Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Great! :thumbup:
      And you were able to get Himeji Castle shots with cherry blossoms before the reconstruction started! I’m jealous!! ^-^

      I can clearly tell from your photos that you truly spotted the best cherry blossom spots in Japan. I’ve been to all of those places, too, but mostly never during spring, so I really envy you!
      Also, your photos are truly professional and beautiful!!! :kyah:
      I hope some day I can take awesome photos like that, too!!

      Viele Grüße zurück in die alte Heimat! :music2:

  • The pictures are beautiful, simply stunning. My favorite hanami place so far was Miyajima, I really love the hanging sakura trees there! So beautiful! Sadly my two trees at home produced none or only very few blossoms this year… sigh.

    I agree with you though, I’ve really grown to appreciate autumn more. The mix of colors is simply stunning. Still, the simple beauty of the white and pink cherry blossoms always catch me off guard. There’s just something heart touching about them.

    • Some of my readers said that it’s not good to plant cherry blossom trees in your garden if nobody else can see them. Then, the woman of the house will get sick or die early.
      Have you ever heard of it? I need to ask Japanese friends if that’s really a common idea here or not.
      Can others see your trees? :D

      Isn’t it too cold yet for them to bloom?

      • Interesting, I never received that comment. My cherry blossom trees are visible as I’m on the ground floor. My mothers grew larger than the surrounding bushes without troubles and delights the neighbourhood as well.

        After seeing those pictures of the shidare zakura trees in Miyajima I’m tempted to make her plant one in her garden. She just pulled a tree out in front of the house and it would be a perfect spot!

        • I noticed that you don’t subscribe to all of the posts you left a comment. Maybe this was one of them?

          Haha, good luck! ^___^
          If it’s a success, I’d love to see some photos!

  • ! :) Your Ueno Park photo is almost exactly like mine! We must have been standing in exactly the same spot (probably a few years between us though)!! :D

    All of these photos are just beautiful! Enjoy your travels and I can’t wait to hear all about them! ;P

  • Spring is my favorite season to be in Japan because I love SAKURA! :heart:

    Thank you for posting these pictures. They’re so beautiful. I like the pink cherry blossoms. I can’t wait for the cherry blossoms in Suwa Lake to bloom. I’m going to Matsumoto Castle this weekend for hanami and I’ll share some pictures too.

    • So in Chubu they’re not blooming properly yet?
      Aww, Matsumoto Castle is one of my favorite castles ever!!!! I’d kill someone to see the castle AND cherry blossoms!! :kyah:
      I hope you’ll post some photos of it!! Can’t wait to see them! :happy:

      Here, they started falling!
      I had a short walk today along a path plastered with cherry blossom petals on the ground and more coming falling down. Hanafubuki is the best about sakura season if you ask me.
      I was so fascinated that I forget to take a video. Stupid me! :stressed:
      I’m trying again tomorrow, but it was windy and rainy today, so there might not be much left anymore! :hum:

      P.S.: You being such an Arashi addict, I first thought you wrote Sakurai and not Sakura! XD

      • In some parts of Nagano the cherry blossoms opened already but not yet here in my place. I’m going tomorrow instead of going on Sunday since I don’t have OT at work. I saw from the news Matsumoto Castle will start lighting up cherry blossoms tomorrow unti the 27th, so it’s a perfect timing. I’ll post the pictures as soon as possible. :peace:

        I’ve experiences hanafubuki before and felt like walking under the rain of sakura of petals. :fan:

        Hehehe, I love them both. :heart:

    • Thanks! Glad you like them. :D
      I’ve been to most places in Japan. Just a few prefectures are still left and I hope to be able to visit them this year! :thumbup:
      Why are you jealous? Don’t you get to travel sometimes? :(

  • Als Kirschblütenfee werde ich mich auch wie blöd mit KIrschblütenkram eindecken. Bei meinem letzten Besuch war ich schon im Ito Yokado am quicken, als ich all die Kirschblütendeko sah… :luvit:

    • Ich kann’s nicht erwarten, bis der Body Shop wieder all seine Kirschblütenprodukte rausbringt.
      Ich habe gehört, in anderen Ländern gibt es die das ganze Jahr, aber hier in Japan ist es mal wieder “limited” für die jeweilige Saison!

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