Unforgettable cherry blossom viewing in Japan

In the world of Japanese haiku and poetry, "flower" almost always refers to the cherry blossom, the national flower of Japan. This beloved flower has been symbolic of bushido (the samurai code of conduct) and the spirit of Japanese since ancient times. Even today, Japanese anxiously follow cherry blossom forecasts throughout the nation to determine the best days for viewing.

Cherry trees are gorgeous when fully in bloom, but Japanese also enjoy watching petals scatter to the winds in keeping with their traditional sense of simple, natural beauty. Rivers carpeted with pink petals are another popular sight.
In Tokyo, you can witness the Kanda River blanketed with cherry blossom petals near Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, where cherry trees bloom in the gardens from mid-February to the middle of April. In Osaka, lovely cherry blossoms can be viewed in the gardens of Taikoen from late March to early April. Either way, it’s a beautiful experience.

■ Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
For details, visit: http://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/

■ Taikoen (Osaka)
For details, visit: https://www.taiko-en.com/e/

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