Lonely Planet Writer

Japan's first cherry blossoms bloom five days early officially marking the beginning of spring

Japan saw the blooming of the first cherry blossoms of the season over the weekend, officially marking the beginning of the much-anticipated arrival of spring.

Cherry blossoms in Japan
Cherry blossoms in Fukuoka. Image by zaimoku_woodpile / CC BY 2.0

The celebrated sakura flowers were first spotted in Fukuoka and Nagoya on Saturday, in Gifu on Sunday, and were announced as officially in Tokyo on Monday after blooms appeared at Yasukuni Shrine.  According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the blossoms in the capital have appeared five days earlier than in the average year.  

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