Japan in cherry blossom time is undoubtedly very beautiful. It is also very crowded and you can never be sure of the exact right time to go. A quieter and equally beautiful alternative is to visit Japan in the autumn. The leaves seem to radiate a light of their own. It is a magic season, full of colour and spectacle.
This was taken on the beautiful island of Miyajima, near Hiroshima. A Japanese gentleman beckoned us over to see this sight. I cant thank him enough.