Sunday, 27th April 2014
In Japan Travel News,
Cherry blossom draws visitors
Visitors to Japan for the month of March hit a record high this year with 1.05 million people heading to the country to experience its exciting and vibrant cherry blossom celebrations.
The figure, released by the Japan National Tourism Organisation yesterday (April 23rd), represents a whopping 22.6 per cent increase on last year's number and the 14th month in a row that the total has grown.
Tourists from China and Taiwan chiefly accounted for the increase, although visa requirements for visitors from Malaysia and other southeast Asian countries also contributed to the rise.
Japan's plethora of stunning temples, vibrant cities and first-class food becomes particularly tempting for those travelling during cherry blossom season, when the pink and white flowers explode into bloom in parks and shrines for just two weeks only.
It's an incredible spectacle to witness and one of the most joyous times of the year to visit the country, as the Japanese people can be seen out and about enjoying nature's beautiful display.
Written by Graham McPherson
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