We are only just approaching the official cherry blossom viewing although, due to higher than normal temperatures this year, some of the trees were already in bloom when I visited from 1-15 March.
In the above frame which I cut from the photo I posted earlier, you can see the reverential treatment the Japanese give to their unofficial national bloom.
This photo was taken in Kamakura on 4 March; well ahead of hanami. As well as picnicking, hanami can be combined with temples and shrines.
Tori leading to a Shinto shrine (Kamakura)
This Big Buddha was reached by taking a short train ride. Buddhism and Shintism co-exist harmoniously in Japan.
Whereas Buddhist temples tend to be used for funerals, Shinto temples are used for weddings.