Japan: Chasing Sakura
We have a had a lot of features about Japan but we've never written about Hanami or cherry blossoms (sakura) viewing yet.
This year we booked for a flight to witness this wonderful phenomenon. Unfortunately all the trusted websites we used as guide weren't able to predict the dates correctly, probably due to global warming which has been causing unexpected delays in the changes in season, so we missed the full bloom time (perhaps it is a good excuse to try again next year!) but waiting for the buds to bloom made us appreciate more the beauty before us.
We even chased the sakura all the way to Kyoto and Osaka where we saw even more areas lined up with beautiful cherry blossoms.