It takes a while for most of us to realize that not every spring bloom in Japan is a cherry blossom. The shiba-sakura, for example, looks very much like sakura but is actually native to North America. Nevertheless, the species has wormed its way into this hanami-obsessed culture and will be in full bloom near Mt. Fuji this month. Put on your most comfortable walking shoes and take in the multi-color blooms all around you as you soak in the fresh air of Japan’s highest mountain.