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Cherry Blossoms and Autumn Foliage

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Spring in Japan is associated with cherry blossoms. Since olden times, cherry blossoms have captivated the hearts of the Japanese people. The traditional custom of hanami is to visit mountains and parks with cherry blossoms and hold sake-drinking parties beneath the cherry trees in full blossom. Tokyo's Ueno Park and Mt. Yoshino in Nara are famous spots for viewing cherry blossoms. And autumn in Japan evokes the beautifully colored leaves. In this season, the mountains are ablaze in deep crimson. In Kyoto, there are many temples with gardens where you can enjoy the beautiful autumnal foliage. The greatest charm of sightseeing in Japan is surely the seasonal change, such as the cherry blossoms of spring and the crimson and golden leaves of autumn.

  Regions Famous for
  Cherry Blossoms
Matsumae Park > Matsumae
Hirosaki Park
Ka-jo Castle Park > Yamagata City/its surroundings
Iwatsuki-koen Park < Iwatsuki
Tokyo Ueno-onshi-koen Park > Ueno
Mt. Minobu-san
Takato Castle Ruin Park > Takato
Kasuga Park > Ina
Daigo > Yamashina and Daigo
Sakura-no-miya-koen Park > Kyobashi and Sakura-no-miya
Ko'oriyama Castle >
Yata-kyuryo Hills
Mt. Yoshino-yama > Yoshino
Mt. Inasa-yama
  Regions Famous for
  Autumn Foliage
Mt. Hakkoda-san
Lake Towada-ko
Naruko Valley < Naruko Hot Spring
Zao (Miyagi)
Zao (Yamagata)
Lake Inawashiro-ko
Lake Okutama-ko
Shosen-kyo Valley > Kofu/Shosen-kyo Valley
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Nagano)
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama)
Ena-kyo Valley
The Momiji-dani Park(maple leaf park) > Miyajima
Yunoyama-onsen Hot Spring
Yaba-kei Gorge > Yaba-kei Gorge/
Takachiho-kyo Gorge
Kikuchi Valley