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Cherry blossom

"Is it a cloud or is it mist? The fragrance tells all." Or so the old song says. Late March is when newspapers in Japan publish a map of the "sakura front", the line indicating the spread of full-bloom across the country. Here's a selection of views of one of Japan's best-loved symbols.

On this page: 2016 pieces - 1000 pieces - 300 pieces

2542 pieces

Ama-no-hashidate
© Epoch
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Ama-no-hashidate

One of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" (along with Matsushima and Miyajima, all coastal sites), Ama-no-hashidate is a natural sand spit formation that almost closes the mouth of the Miyazu bay, covered by a ribbon of old pine trees. The cable car climbs the hills at the north end to give passengers a better view — the location is deep in the bay, so although on the northern coast, the Sea of Japan is out to the left in the picture.

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Resupply date uncertain
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75028 (75-028 on box)
Retail price ¥3500 (approx. US$30.70 €29.41 £25.00)
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Tokyo cherry blossom
© Epoch
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Tokyo cherry blossom

A mass of cherry trees line the banks of Sumidagawa, the great river through Tokyo that was once a transport artery, but is now more a leisure attraction.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Not available
Discontinued January 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75510 (75-510 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

2016 pieces

Aizuwakamatsu Castle
© Masato Tsubaki
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Aizu-wakamatsu Castle

Although this castle boasts a history stretching back more than 600 years, it was damaged in the Battle of Aizu — hostilities during the switch from the rule of the Shoguns to the Meiji restoration — and the main tower was destroyed by 1874. It was rebuilt (in reinforced concrete) in 1965, and finally in 2011 the black roof tiles were returned to the authentic red tiles from the time of its destruction. The castle grounds contain around a thousand cherry trees, one of which frames the view here.

The castle is in the modern city of Aizu-wakamatsu, after which it is usually named in English, but it is also known as Tsurugajô, or "Crane Castle".

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23575 (23-575 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$21.93 €21.01 £17.86)
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1053 pieces

Hanging cherry (Kakunodate)
© Apollo
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Hanging cherry (Kakunodate)

Weeping cherry trees, many up to 200 years old, line the streets of the samurai area of the town of Kakunodate.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47603 (47-603 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$15.79 €15.13 £12.86)
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Itsukushima cherry blossom
© Epoch
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Itsukushima cherry blossom

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine seen from an unusual perspective, looking out from Miyajima to the mainland. Completed in 1875, this torii is somewhat unusually sited in the tidal part of the bay, and is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

Not available
Discontinued January 2017
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47613 (47-613 on box)
Retail price ¥1800

1000 pieces

Fuji cherry blossom
© Road
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Fuji cherry blossom

The ultimate symbols of Japan - Mt Fuji and the cherry blossom. This view is from the south (Shizuoka side).

Not available
Discontinued January 2017
A Road puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: RS13273 (RS-13-273 on box)
Retail price ¥2500
Kyoto cherry blossom
© Road
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Kyoto cherry blossom

A beautiful photograph of a beautiful hanging cherry, in the Gion-Shirakawa area of Kyoto. This puzzle will not be particularly easy (there is a lot of pink!) but the teahouses in the background provide a wonderful variety of textures. Hanging in front of the windows are sudare, the traditional reed blinds that in summer help to keep the interior from the searing Kyoto heat.

Detail
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A Road puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: RS13248 (RS-13-248 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$21.93 €21.01 £17.86)
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Fuji in spring
© Tagami Akira
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Fuji in spring

Mount Fuji in its spring coat through a mass of cherry blossom makes for a challenging puzzle!

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10741 (10-741 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$21.93 €21.01 £17.86)
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Aizuwakamatsu Castle
© Masato Tsubaki
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Aizu-wakamatsu Castle

Although this castle boasts a history stretching back more than 600 years, it was damaged in the Battle of Aizu — hostilities during the switch from the rule of the Shoguns to the Meiji restoration — and the main tower was destroyed by 1874. It was rebuilt (in reinforced concrete) in 1965, and finally in 2011 the black roof tiles were returned to the authentic red tiles from the time of its destruction. The castle grounds contain around a thousand cherry trees, one of which frames the view here.

The castle is in the modern city of Aizu-wakamatsu, after which it is usually named in English, but it is also known as Tsurugajô, or "Crane Castle".

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B71397 (71-397 on box)
Retail price ¥2600 (approx. US$22.81 €21.85 £18.57)
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Himeji Castle
© Beverly
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Himeji Castle

One of the best-restored castles in Japan, Himeji Castle is also known as "White Heron Castle." Here a boatload of tourists make their way along the moat.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B51213 (51-213 on box)
Retail price ¥2800 (approx. US$24.56 €23.53 £20.00)
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759 pieces

Ninna-ji temple
© Epoch
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Ninna-ji temple

This temple is famed for its collection of 200 or so cherry trees, here seen in full bloom. Originally founded in 888, most of the buildings in the Ninna-ji precinct date from the seventeenth century.

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An Epoch puzzle: 759 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E57503 (57-503 on box)
Retail price ¥1600 (approx. US$14.04 €13.45 £11.43)
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600 pieces

Hirosaki castle moat
© Apollo
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Hirosaki castle moat

The moat of Hirosaki Castle, in northern Japan, overhung with its famous cherry trees, the first of which are said to have been brought from Kyoto in 1715.

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An Apollo puzzle: 600 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47205 (47-205 on box)
Retail price ¥1600 (approx. US$14.04 €13.45 £11.43)
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Shirakawa cherry blossom
© Yoshikazu Onishi
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Shirakawa cherry blossom

Cherry blossom by a country cottage in the traditional style of the Japan Alps (in the famous preserved village of Shirakawa-go).

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An Apollo puzzle: 600 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P47202 (47-202 on box)
Retail price ¥1600 (approx. US$14.04 €13.45 £11.43)
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500 pieces

Sanneizaka
© Epoch
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Sanneizaka

In a quaint corner of Kyoto, these steps are part of the passage called Sanneizaka. There are various theories for the origin of the name, but the most prominent one (based on the characters used to write the name today) is that it refers to a prayer for safe childbirth.

The cherry blossoms and traditional roof tiles provide an exquisite combination of textures for this puzzle.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E05098 (05-098 on box)
Retail price ¥1600 (approx. US$14.04 €13.45 £11.43)
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450 pieces

Kintai bridge with cherry blossom
© Apollo-sha
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Kintai bridge with cherry blossom

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. The name of the river is Nishikigawa, or "Brocade river", and the name of this bridge suggests it is like the sash of a kimono.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P46217 (46-217 on box)
Retail price ¥1200 (approx. US$10.53 €10.08 £8.57)
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420 pieces

Mount fuji with bullet train
© Epoch
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Mount fuji with bullet train

The iconic shot of modern Japan: the "bullet train" (Shinkansen) passing below Mount Fuji. This is the N700, the version introduced in 2007, cutting the journey time between Tokyo and Osaka to under two-and-a-half hours.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52144 (52-144 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$15.79 €15.13 £12.86)
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300 pieces

Cherry blossom in Kyoto
© Beverly
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Cherry blossom in Kyoto

Kimono-clad figures cross the bridge in Gion, the traditional area of Kyoto.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33111 (33-111 on box)
Retail price ¥1500 (approx. US$13.16 €12.61 £10.71)
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Heian shrine cherry blossom
© Apollo-sha
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Heian shrine cherry blossom

A classic view of the Kihin-kan ("guest residence") in the gardens of the Heian shrine in Kyoto. This site was built relatively recently, in 1895, on the site of the Emperor's palace in Kyoto, commemorating 1100 years since the capital moved there from Nara.

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An Apollo puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P48641 (48-641 on box)
Retail price ¥1200 (approx. US$10.53 €10.08 £8.57)
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Art puzzles

A wide variety of the artists in our collection have puzzles featuring cherry blossom: Thumbnails of all cherry blossom art puzzles

Deleted puzzles

For reference: you can view all the photo puzzles of cherry blossom that are out of print in the Attic.

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