Cherry blossoms off the beaten track

If you’re in Japan and it’s cherry blossom season in your area, you will find them in some surprising places.

The internet is full of guides to the best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan. I might even contribute one myself for my local area next year. The truth, however, is that you don’t need to go anywhere that special to find the cherry blossoms during cherry blossom season. They are all over the place. You can see the cherry blossoms at schools, along otherwise boring suburban roadways, around parks of all sizes and at even some of the tiniest of shrines.

You can even find cherry blossoms blooming down a barely present gravel track by a drain down by the local train line, as pictured above and discovered by Mr K and I on Monday  afternoon. We were probably barely a kilometer from our house as the crow flies, but I had no idea the place existed and while it was a bumpy stroller ride for Mr K, it was a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

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