Kristina, a photographer from Moscow, went to Japan during cherry blossom season. Because of her photography talent and the beauty of cherry blossoms, Japan appeared like a fairy tale. She and her friends visited some destinations and shared some stunning photos with us. Her photos will definitely make you want to visit Japan. Let’s enjoy the photos!
Himeji Castle (Himejijō) is one of the castles in Japan which is famous for its imposing beauty. The castle is a national treasure and World Heritage Site. One special thing about this castle is that it was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire. It makes this castle different from many other Japanese castles. Most tourists and visitors enter the castle through the Otemon Gate into Sannomaru. It is a popular spot for taking photos of the castle and cherry blossoms. The blooming season usually falls into early April.
Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park (Hitachi Kaihin Kōen) is located in Hitachinaka, 130 kilometers northwest of Tokyo. The flowers spread out across 350 hectares including an amusement park, several cycling, and walking trails. The blue nemophila as the park’s iconic flower covers Miharashi Hill every spring. In every fall, the hill will be covered by green kokia bushes. It will slowly turn red as the weather turns cooler. Because Kristina went to Japan in spring, here are the photos of beautiful blue nemophila!
During her trip to Kyoto, she visited Kyoto’s famous geisha district, Gion. The location is around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and Kamo River in the west. This district consists of shops, restaurants, and Japanese tea house (Ochaya). In the tea houses, especially the most exclusive and expensive ones, maiko (geiko apprentices) and geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) will entertain you. The main attraction in there is the traditional wooden machiya merchant houses. The traditional houses are so beautiful and authentic. This could be the best place to experience the culture of Japan.
Who doesn’t know this popular city? Yes, it’s Tokyo, the capital of Japan. This city was also part of her destinations in Japan. She visited Asakusa, Akasaka, Chidorigafuchi, and Shinjuku. The main attraction in Asakusa is Sensoji. It is a very popular Buddhist temple which was built in the 7th century. The next stop was Akasaka, known as the “city within a city.” Those two places became more beautiful due to the pink shades of cherry blossoms. But those aren’t the only places where you could see the cherry blossoms. Another popular spot for seeing hundreds of cherry blossoms in Tokyo is Chidorigafuchi. After enjoying the flowers, she also stopped by at Shibuya which is a center for youth fashion and culture. The district is famous for its ‘busy crossings’ and neon advertisements.
One of the top attractions in Nara is Nara Park. It famous for its wild deer which are tame and freely roam in the park. The visitors also can feed them with deer crackers which are for sale around the park. During spring, this park has many cherry blossoms and makes it looks like a fairy tale. Don’t forget to visit this park when you are in Japan!
Hanami or cherry blossom viewing can be done in many places in Japan. One of the favorite spots for tourists is Kanazawa. There is a garden named Kenrokuen Garden and it is classified as one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens. Nothing could be better than enjoying cherry blossoms in the Japan’s most beautiful gardens.
The last photos are from Osaka. As Japan’s second largest metropolitan area, Osaka has attracted many tourists from other countries. Kristina captured the beauty of Osaka with its cherry blossoms at night. Her photos have shown us that cherry blossoms can always amaze us both day and night.
Source: Bored Panda, Japan Guide
Photo by: Kristina
Originally posted 2017-05-15 12:26:47.