21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos

The delicate pink sakura, or cherry blossom, is associated primarily with the culture of its native Japan. These trees blossom throughout Japan every spring, but their beauty never gets old, so we’ve collected some of our favorite photos of this year’s cherry blossoms in Japan.

In Japan, the blossoming of the sakura begins in April, when students go back to school or people go back to work after the holidays. Japan’s national weather service even tracks the movement of the “sakura front,” which is an imaginary line that travels south-to-north every season and heralds the blooming of the sakura. This line’s progression in Japan is marked on this convenient sakura calendar.

The cherry blossom is tied to the ancient Japanese tradition of hanami, or picnicking under a sakura tree. The fact that the cherry blossom has heavily featured in ancient Japanese art has made it a staple of both historical and modern Japanese aesthetic. Although it is also native to China and Korea, it is generally associated primarily with Japanese culture, which is why it often accompanies the Japanese diaspora into cities around the world.

While sakuras are probably best viewed with a Japanese castle, mountain or garden in the backdrop, they might also be planted somewhere in your city as well. They provide a great opportunity to go have a beautiful springtime picnic!

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Beauty

Beauty. Photo source: Saori

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Boat under cherry blossoms – Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo, Japan

Boat under cherry blossoms – Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo, Japan. Photo source: Takeshi Tanaka

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Cherry blossom (Sakura), Kyoto, Japan

Cherry blossom (Sakura), Kyoto, Japan. Photo source: Batistini Gaston

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Cherry blossom blooming (sakura)

Cherry blossom blooming (sakura). Photo source: zhangning

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Cherry blossoms (Sakura) at Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo

Cherry blossoms (Sakura) at Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo. Photo source: onotch

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Cherry blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossoms in Japan. Photo source: Haru Digital Photo

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo. Photo source: Ryosuke Yagi

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Cherry blossoms over the river

Cherry blossoms over the river. Photo source: 紅襪熊

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Cherry trees in blossom

Cherry trees in blossom. Photo source: Akio Iwanaga

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Chidorigafuchi is famous for the view point of cherry blossoms in Tokyo. You can find the Tokyo Tower, too

Chidorigafuchi is famous for the view point of cherry blossoms in Tokyo. You can find the Tokyo Tower, too. Photo source: Hikaruno Mikoto

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Keage Incline (Lake Biwa Canal) at night

Keage Incline (Lake Biwa Canal) at night. Photo source: Masato Mukoyama

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Nishi-Hirahatake park, Matsuda-cho Kanagawa

Nishi-Hirahatake park, Matsuda-cho Kanagawa. Photo source: torne

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Pink rules

Pink rules. Photo source: Yukatan

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Plum garden of the Jonan shrine

Plum garden of the Jonan shrine. Photo source: Nobuhiro Suhara

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Rhapsody in pink – Mt. Fuji and early-flowering Sakura

Rhapsody in pink – Mt. Fuji and early-flowering Sakura. Photo source: Yuga Kurita

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Sakura and the city

Sakura and the city. Photo source: ta3mam

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Sakura at Meguro River

Sakura at Meguro River. Photo source: Danny Dungo

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Sakura at night

Sakura at night. Photo source: Noisy Paradise

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Sakura Canal

Sakura Canal. Photo source: poojartiwari

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Sakura Festival 2014 at night – Fukuoka Castle Ruins (Maizuru Park), Chuo-ward, Fukuoka city

Sakura Festival 2014 at night – Fukuoka Castle Ruins (Maizuru Park), Chuo-ward, Fukuoka city. Photo source: tomosang

21 Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos - Spring Dream

Spring Dream. Photo source: Sue Hsu

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