The Cherry Blossom occures during few days in the year and is considered as a particular moment, where trees and forests shows their most beautiful face. In Taiwan, Korea and China, these days are usually used by families and friends to spend some time together in famous spots.
This new trend is actually manily influenced by the japanese historical interest to cherry blossoms. The flowers (called “Sakura”) have a deep meaning in Japan. They are pure, beautiful and ephemere. This is exactly how life was considered in ancient Japan, and this is how it could be understood in the Bushido (which discribs the way of life of samourais).
Today, the cherry blossom is still considered as a national day in Japan, and Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, is probably the very first destination chosen by japaneses for that event. The old city becomes is at that moment truely sublimated by thousands of trees in flowers all around the city.
If you wish to visit Kyoto during the cherry blossom, you would need to book your hotel in advance. All hotels and guesthouses are fully booked during these days. The best option to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere and to avoid the countless tourists in the city during that period would be to go to the Arashiyama district, where you will be able to visit several temples and spots that are sometimes hidden and hard to find. The above picture was however taken in a well known place, the Daikaku-ji, considered as a very beautiful temple during the cherry blossom.