Just like Mt. Fuji or the Great Wave off Kanagawa, sakura cherry blossoms in the spring are quintessentially Japanese. There's no better sign of spring than the soft hues of pink and white that mark the beginning of warmer temperatures and longer days. Perhaps one of the most popular times for visitors to Japan, March and April are also a fantastic time to put on your running shoes or get on the saddle.
Whether it's on your two feet or on two wheels, these three events around Japan are a good way to enjoy sakura season:
Aomori Sakura Marathon (Aomori) | Apr 16
Alps Azumino Century Ride - Sakura Group (Nagano) | Apr 23