If you’re ever in Japan during Spring, Yoshino Mountain is a must-see. It is one of the top viewing spots for sakura, as you can tell from these photos. I’m still jetlagged and only got 3 hours of sleep, but the sights were well worth the long series of train and bus rides to the top.
Konichiwa from Japan! I’ve wanted to visit in the Spring for some time, and it looks like I timed it perfectly because the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. I’ve been constantly checking the sakura forecasts (this is actually a thing) to keep updated on the best spots. I’m staying in Osaka with my sweet friend Hisako. She has been the nicest host, cooking me homemade Japanese meals (tempura soba, rice soup, and other delicious treats) and showing me around. We met three years ago in a hostel in Boston and have remained penpals (and Skype pals) ever since. We’re celebrating her 69th birthday by chasing sakura around various cities nearby. Our first visit was to the beautiful Osaka Castle Park. We stopped for a short break to make this video.