The Aoyagi Samurai Mamor Museum. The main house (shown here), with a thatched roof, is one of the best preserved samurai residences in Japan.
The Sakura viewing is so fleeting. Tantalising when the pink buds are just forming, utterly glorious in full bloom, then a soft pink snow descends as the petals fall, covering the ground, and finally - the green leaves start to appear. Really beautiful, and a wonderful lesson in impermanence.
Over 400 weeping cherry trees are found in the samurai district
Cherry blossoms line the path along the Hinokinai River