Every spring, the islands of Japan are decorated in clouds of delicate pink as cherry trees blossom with new life. Steeped in history and ancient tradition, the cherry blossom season is a highlight of the Japanese calendar. People head outdoors to spend time appreciating nature’s beauty, ponder the essence of life and welcome the changing of the seasons. In recent years it has become a particularly popular time for travellers to visit Japan with many stunning landscapes and countless photographic opportunities. Today, visitors come from all over the world to join in the celebrations that mark the beginning of spring, while admiring the delicate pink cherry blossoms known as “sakura.” Japan’s famous cherry blossom festival season begins around the end of March and lasts for approximately 2 weeks, depending on location. Top viewing spots like Maruyama Park, Mount Yoshino, Himeji Castle, and Fuji Five Lakes are some of the most atmospheric places in the world and are wonderful places to see the beautiful blooms.