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Japanese hotels welcoming visitors with cherry blossoms

/ Apr 4, 2018

Japanese hotels welcoming visitors with cherry blossoms

Major hotels are hoping displays of cherry blossoms will attract more overseas visitors at a time when the focus of tourists is shifting away from shopping toward cultural experiences. Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward is exhibiting a 5-meter-high arrangement of flowers in its ...

Go west to enjoy a family <em>hanami</em> party

| Mar 18, 2018

Go west to enjoy a family hanami party

by Jason Jenkins

At last, winter's grip is loosening and spring in Japan is on its way. Soon cherry blossoms will explode across the archipelago, and parks around the country will be full of smiles and picnic tarps. That's right: it's hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) season again — ...

Spring declared as Tokyo spots season's first cherry blossoms

Mar 17, 2018

Spring declared as Tokyo spots season's first cherry blossoms

Spring officially arrived in Tokyo on Saturday as the Meteorological Agency declared the start of the cherry blossom season, prompting viewers to party under the trees with cherry-related items flooding the capital. Forecasters watching trees at Yasukuni Shrine said the city's first blossoms had appeared, ...

Aomori home to nation's top cherry blossom viewers, survey says

Apr 3, 2017

Aomori home to nation's top cherry blossom viewers, survey says

Residents in Aomori Prefecture seem to cherish sakura more than anywhere else in Japan, according to a survey on cherry blossom viewing by weather forecaster Weathernews Inc. The survey was conducted on subscribers to its smartphone apps. In ranking their individual spending plans for this year's ...