Although Hiroshima Castle and Hiroshima Peace Park show beautiful cherry blossoms, I have to say the best cherry blossom scene in Hiroshima is Miyajima. It takes 45 minutes by train and ferry from Hiroshima Station, but it is worth to go. Miyajima is a small island outside of Hiroshima that is famous for its shrine and "floating" torii gate. There are about 1300 cherry trees around the shrine and along the walking trails on the island.
Hanami is an important Japanese custom and is held all over Japan in spring. Hanami literally means viewing flowers, but it generally indicates cherry blossom viewing. It's said that the origin of hanami dates back to more than one thousand years ago when aristocrats enjoyed looking at beautiful cherry blossoms and wrote poems.
Nowadays, people in Japan have fun viewing cherry blossoms, drinking and eating. It is like a picnic under the trees. People bring home-cooked meals, do BBQ, or buy take-out food for hanami.
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