Japanese attractions are refusing entry to tourists, and it’s easy to see why

It might already be summer in Thailand, but in the Land of the Rising Sun, spring has not sprung until the cherry blossom front has advanced from the southernmost tip of Okinawa to Hokkaido’s cooler climes, its delicate pink petals adorning the branches of Yoshino cherry trees, Starbucks lattes and crisp packets in its wake. According to the Japan National Tourism Organisation, this year’s sakura season is forecast to start on March 17, in Kagoshima, on the island of Kyushu, heralding hanami (…

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