As spring has sprung and cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Japan, Kyoto Imperial Palace has opened its doors to the public for its annual seasonal showing.

Kyoto Imperial Palace
Cherry blossoms at the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Visitors are usually unable to enter the palace without advance permission, but each year for a few days in spring and autumn, people can line up to see the historic building, which was home to Japan’s emperors for over 500 years. At its opening on Wednesday morning, about 850 people were already queued to enter; the palace will be open until Sunday.

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