It’s Sakura season and these are the beautiful places around the world to witness the cherry blossoms. Although the pink flowers are typically associated with springtime in Japan, other countries also have scenic views of this natural phenomenon.
A popular spot to visit during this time of the year is the Meguro River. The promenade is lined with 800 cherry blossom trees and is a lovely sight any time of the day. By sunset, the walkway is lit up so you can still enjoy a stroll at night. It’s common to have picnics under these trees so you’ll find local vendors selling delectable snacks nearby.
If historical sites are more your thing, Takizakura is the perfect place to see the cherry blossoms. The weeping tree in this town is about a thousand years old and is considered the most treasured cherry blossom in the country. Time your visit around mid-April to view it in full bloom.
Jeju Island, South Korea
Away from Seoul’s bustling city, this Island isn’t just a hotspot for its idyllic shores. In the springtime, the King cherry tree comes into full bloom, which is a plant native to the island. They also host a Cherry Blossom Festival where you can try local street foods as you stroll under the flowers.
Who would’ve thought the city of love could more romantic? Visit the Parc du Champ-de-Mars to catch sight of the Eiffel Tower while being surrounded by cherry blossom trees. Square Jean XXIII is another great park in the city to admire the cherry blossoms. It’s right behind the Notre Dame Cathedral where it’s not usual to find people-watchers enjoying a pastry.
It’s hard to miss the cherry blossom trees in Stockholm as they are spread across the city. Each year in April they have a Japanese festival in KungstrÃ¤dgÃ¥rden (King’s Garden) to welcome the new season. The park is home to most of the city’s cherry blossoms and there’s always a fun activity taking place.
Japan gifted Vancouver its first cherry blossom trees as a token of appreciation for the Japanese Canadians who fought in WWI. People now come together for the month-long celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival and Queen Elizabeth Park is an ideal venue. The vast grounds are always full of life, which makes springtime here more spirited.
Washington D.C., USA
The city hosts a National Cherry Blossom Festival in March and the Tidal Basin boasts the best views. Therese of Brogan Abroad lets us in on a hidden gem that offers equally amazing scenery, minus the crowds. At the National Arboretum, you’ll find more than 30 varieties of cherry trees so feel free to take your time wandering the 400-something acre land.
Cherry trees only bloom for a week so make sure to plan your travels accordingly. Their pink and white flowers are definitely worth including in your itinerary.
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