Cherry Blossom Festival

Budding blossoms of the sakura tree are a kind of authentication that Spring has officially arrived.  And spring in Japan just isn’t complete without O-hanami. O-hanami (お花見) in a literal translation means: “watching the flower”. People organize  group outings and enjoy the tranquil、yet, intoxicating beauty of delicate white, powdered pink and velvety magenta cherry blossoms.

Cherry Blossom Festivals are held throughout the country; however, in the Tohoku region, the most visited sites are:

Ogawara, Miyagi Prefecture
Ogawara features 1,000 Sakura Trees.

Hirosaki Castle, Aomori Prefecture
This site is famous for having the longest street of sakura trees in the world.
The street contains 6500 sakura trees.

(Ogawara, Miyagi Prefecture)

 

A breath-taking view of snow-capped mountains in the backdrop of the sakura!
(Ogawara, Miyagi Prefecture)

 

A Gorgeous Shidare Sakura
(Ogawara, Miyagi Prefecture)

 

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