It’s not every year that we get to see snowfall while the sakura are in bloom, so photographers took the opportunity to capture the unusual scene, sharing gorgeous photos and videos online.
秩父— Shin Sasakubo 笹久保伸 (@shinsasakubo) April 10, 2019
Chichibu is only a short way from Tokyo, but as you can see the resilient cherry blossoms were blanketed in a light layer of snow.
実家から写真— conohi (@onisnvc) April 10, 2019
Snowy sakura scenes were also captured in sites around mountainous Nagano Prefecture, where snow fell on trees in gardens…
... and around town.
桜と雪と城ときて、私が行かないわけがなかろう！🏯— すず💎 (@suzu_mochishiro) April 10, 2019
そして椿( ˙ω˙ )
People in Matsumoto, also in Nagano, woke up to a snowy castle in the morning.
And the city of Gujo, in neighboring Gifu Prefecture, received snow to complement the blossoms in full bloom.
河口湖🗻も雪❄になり、咲いてる桜🌸が雪❄化粧しました(*_*) pic.twitter.com/mdXEiiyCjM— でんしゃひろば とれいんとれいん (@denshahiroba) April 9, 2019
Lake Kawaguchi, located in southern Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, was also covered in snow.
地元・大河原町の一目千本桜と雪のコラボがとても美しかった— ひばっちょ (@sas331122) April 10, 2019
Northern Japan also had its fair share, as shown by this image captured in Ogawara, in Miyagi Prefecture.
八王子、桜と雪って pic.twitter.com/fI4u2YO8QP— あだちまる子 (@am161024) April 10, 2019
The greater Tokyo area did as well, as you can see from this video filmed in Hachioji.
The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture, one of Japan’s top three great cherry blossom trees, also looked magical covered in snow. The tree is over 1,000 years old, and is expected to be in full bloom in late April.
With clear skies around Japan today, temperatures are set to fall again later this week. And while snow isn’t being forecast at the moment, the cold snap does mean we can look forward to a longer cherry blossom viewing season in areas around Japan this year.
So pack your picnic basket, put on your sakura beret, and start planning your trip to visit the best hanami spots in the country!
Featured image: Twitter/@sas331122
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