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Imperial Palace's Inui Street opens to public for cherry blossom viewing

People admire budding cherry blossoms on Inui Street in the Imperial Palace on March 25, 2016. (Mainichi)

Inui Street in Tokyo's Imperial Palace opened to the public on March 25 for a weeklong run to coincide with the blooming of cherry blossoms in the Japanese capital.

    The Imperial Household Agency advanced the gates' opening by about 30 minutes from the original 10 a.m., prompting 9,060 people to enter the premises by 12:30 a.m.

    Visitors can stroll along Inui Street after entering through the Sakashita-mon Gate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through March 31.

    While the someiyoshino cherry trees have yet to bloom, visitors enjoyed watching and taking photos of the budding blooms.

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