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The river is lined by hundreds of cherry trees for nearly a kilometer.

Maruyama Park next to Yasaka Shrine is Kyoto's most popular public park for cherry blossom parties.

In addition to the many trees found inside Kenrokuen, there are many trees surrounding the garden and nearby Ishikawa Gate, one of the gates of Kanazawa Castle.

The Shikinomichi ("Path of Four Seasons") along Nagoya's Yamazaki River is justifiably designated as one of Japan's 100 best cherry blossom spots.

Because of this winter's warm weather trend, the cherry buds are due to bloom earlier than usual across northern and eastern Japan, with the predicted start date at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine set for March 21 -- the earliest in all Japan.