The tradition of hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, started in Japan, and the beautiful island nation remains the best place on the planet to see sakura (cherry trees) in their full glory. Beginning in the southernmost areas, Japan's cherry trees begin blossoming in March and continue on through May.
Best Viewing Spot: It's hard to pick just one, but the spring show is undeniably beautiful in historic Kyoto, around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and on the eastern shore of Lake Kawaguchi, where the blossoms create a foreground for Mt. Fuji.
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