Hiking in Japan
Spring: The cedar pollen has hit its peak at the moment, about a month behind schedule. Allergy sufferers should keep a vigilant eye on the pollen counts and consider staying indoors when the counts are too high. In addition, air quality can be monitored at the following site. High levels of PM2.5 will only exacerbate your allergies, so wear a mask every time you step outside, even when hitting the trails. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Kansai and Kanto, and will start blooming at the higher elevations and colder regions over the coming weeks. Those wanting to see the blossoms during Golden Week are advised to head to Tohoku.
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