Soothe your soul with these stunning images of Japan's cherry blossoms

It’s sakura season, the perfect opportunity for locals to indulge in hanami, the traditional Japanese custom of ‘flower viewing’.

On Japan’s southern, subtropical islands of Okinawa, cherry blossoms open as early as January, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom as late as May. In most major cities in between, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April.

While we can’t travel to Japan right now, and lots of Tokyo’s parks are discouraging visitors due to COVID, you can still enjoy the sights from afar . . .

The Chidorigafuchi-Ryokudo Walkway in Tokyo is a beautiful promenade where blossoms surround the waterfront, with the Imperial Palace peeping through in the background.

The combination of blossom and Himeji Castle feels like something from a fairytale.

Travelling around Fuji Five Lakes gives great views of the blossom and the snow-capped Mount Fuji.

The trailing blossom branches in Maruyama Park, Kyoto, almost look like weeping willows.

The pink buds are striking next to Hirosaki Castle.

Ueno Park is a large public space in Tokyo, where cherry trees line the walkways.

A bit more off the beaten track, the residential area of Nakameguro in Tokyo boasts beautiful blossoms.

Have you been to Japan during cherry blossom season? How do you think they compare to jacaranda flowers?

– With PA

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