One of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan is in the Arashima district of Kyoto. The fine view of Togetsu-kyo Bridge over the Ohi River, the background view of Ogura-yama Mountains, the beautiful cherry blossoms on the sandbank of Nakanoshima, and teahouses lining the side roads, are all totally photogenic. They have probably not changed much over the past one thousand years. Court nobles made great efforts to build summer villas in the Arashiyama district because of its beautiful scenery. Autumn leaves here are also stunning.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。