Some countries take spring more serious than others. The Japanese, for example, consider the blooming of the sakura (cherry blossom) a sacred time. There is a blossom report that is even more important than the weather forecast. The beautiful season, which is often seen as a symbol of new beginnings, offers a lot more than pretty flowers. The rising temperatures lure keen explorers to destinations with extreme adventures. As nature comes to life, opportunities for recreational activities such as sailing, hiking, zip lining, camping, and mountain biking become ever more popular.