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Kyoto's cherry blossoms have reached full bloom, attracting large crowds of tourists, including many from abroad. At To-ji Temple, visitors lined up for over 400 meters to see the illuminated cherry blossoms at night.

Tokyo Disneyland's beloved ride, Space Mountain, is gearing up for its final event before temporarily closing its doors in July 2024. Having debuted alongside the opening of Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, Space Mountain boasts a 41-year history as one of the park's most cherished attractions.

The Aspite Line, traversing the picturesque landscapes of Hachimantai from Iwate Prefecture to Akita Prefecture over 27 kilometers, is now being cleared from both sides for next week's opening.

Cruise vacations aboard large ships touring various locales in Japan are gaining popularity. What was once considered a luxurious form of travel is now attracting not only Japanese but also foreigners due to its affordable rates.

The Sewari Embankment in Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture, renowned as a cherry blossom spot, has reached full bloom, bustling with visitors.

At the "Katakuri Mountain Park" in Tochigi Prefecture, over a million dogtooth violets are flourishing in the wild across three hectares of woodlands.

The Osaka-Kansai Expo, set to open next April, will now allow attendees to bring food into the venue, a reversal from its previous stance of prohibiting food and drink carry-ins due to security and time concerns.

A surge in prohibited imports at Japan's border has become a pressing concern. At the forefront of this battle is the Narita Airport Animal and Plant Quarantine Counter, where the inspection of meat, vegetables, and fruits is conducted to prevent the entry of infectious diseases and plant pests into Japan.