Cherry blossoms are drawing crowds to the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.
The cherry tree-lined Inui Street, in the palace grounds, has been open to the public since last Friday. More than 190,000 people visited by the end of Tuesday.
Low temperatures had prevented the cherry trees from blooming, but warmer weather on Tuesday resulted in between 30 percent and 50 percent of the buds flowering on Wednesday.
The Imperial Household Agency opened the palace gate earlier than scheduled, at 9:30 AM, due to a large crowd gathering.
The agency said 32,000 people entered the grounds by 11:30 AM on Wednesday.
The street will remain open to the public until Thursday.
Source and image: NHK