Fragrant, heart-warming and visually enticing, cherry blossoms are an absolute Pinoy traveler’s dream. With exquisite pink petals and a sweet scent, these blooms guarantee to sweep you into unadulterated bliss. And, to help you pick the right place for viewing these floral wonders, Skyscanner has a rundown of the best in 2020 to spot the mesmerizing blossoms of the sakura tree.
14. Buffalo, New York, USA
The Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival, since 2014, has been a yearly extravaganza that celebrates the blooming sakura trees in the Japanese Garden of Buffalo. Visitors may celebrate spring with poetry ready, puppet shows and an orienteering challenge. Other festival highlights include jam sessions, nature walks and boat rides along Mirror Lake.
They don’t call Salem as the “Cherry City” for nothing. After all, the city was once wondrously covered with acres of eye-catching cherry orchards. And, while the city is no longer a top cherry producer, it still honors its beautiful heritage with rows of lovely cherry trees all over the city and along the Capitol Mall.
Furthermore, the city celebrates Cherry Blossom day every year, signifying its bond with its sister city – Japan’s Kawagoe City.
In April, Seoul celebrates the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival and visitors may stroll along the Hangang River to soak up the sight of more than a thousand cherry blossom trees. To make it even better, it’s filled with other eye-catching blooms, such as forsythias, deutzia and azaleas. And, did we mention that there are other fringe activities, like street performances and fireworks?
11. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam, every year, celebrates springtime’s arrival with their annual Cherry Blossom Festival. During the festive gala, revelers may take part in an array of events under a canopy of sakura tree blooms, from enjoying savory Japanese food to picnics. Planted beautifully by the Japanese Women’s Club, these sakura trees were meant as a tribute to the 2000 tsunami victims. Today, these 400 sakura trees in Westerpark burst into bloom every spring.
10. Osaka, Japan
Osaka is, no doubt, one of the best cities for Japanese cherry blossom viewing. In fact, it’s home to some of Japan’s most famous and mesmerizing sakura tree spots. For a memorable sakura tree viewing in Osaka, check out Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Osaka Mint Bureau and Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park.
Of course, don’t forget to swing by the world renowned Osaka Castle. Once there, spend some time admiring the backdrop that bursts into colors with its wondrous collection of sakura trees during the cherry blossom season.
You’ll totally love Shanghai in spring. Like Japan and South Korea, Shanghai also hosts a mishmash of colorful festivals and events in spring. Though its spring festivities aren’t as big as Japan’s, it’s nonetheless fun, exciting and dazzling.
And, the city has a myriad of excellent spots for viewing cherry blossoms, such as Tongji University, Chensan Botanical Gardens, Shanghai Botanical Gardens and Gucun Forest Park. Pretty sweet, isn’t it?
There’s nothing quite as romantic as Paris in spring. With its crisp blue skies, perfect weather and iconic landmarks, the air will be filled joy and love, during spring in Paris.
And, to make the ambiance even more romantic, the city’s parks and neighborhood will turn into pink havens with lovely cherry trees blooming perfectly.
If you want to get the best view for cherry blossoms in Paris, just make your way to Parc du Charm de Mars, and admire the vibrant parks blending perfectly with the famed Eiffel Tower.
Think you need a visa to catch a bunch of breathtaking cherry blossoms? Guess what? For spring 2020, you can visit Taiwan, even without applying for a tourist visa. From late January to mid April, Taiwan will be dotted majestically with the pink petals of sakura tree that are made more awe-inspiring by natural wonders, like lakes and waterfalls.
For a memorable sakura trip in Taiwan, make sure to check out Wu’s Ancestral Shrine, Yangmingshan National Park, Wuji Tianyuan Temple and Sun Moon Lake. While exploring Taiwan, don’t forget to sample their tasty seasonal culinary goodies as well. Trust us, they are nothing short of heavenly.
With strong ties to its sister city, Osaka, it’s easy to see why this multicultural city feels a bit like Japan in spring. As a way to say thanks to Germany’s hospitality, Japan gave Hamburg over 4,000 cherry trees in 1968. Today, the city has become a sought-after destination in Europe for those who love cherry blossoms. And every year, the city hosts a grand spring festival with a festive and colorful fireworks display. When visiting the city in spring, make sure to pay a visit to the Alsterpark to lay your eyes on rows of budding cherry trees.
Planning to visit Canada in spring 2020? Then, make it a point to include a visit to Vancouver to your Canada travel itinerary. With a visit in Vancouver in spring, you’ll have a chance to gaze and snap photos of the city’s 30,000 cherry blossom trees.
And, as with most destinations mentioned in this list, the city also hosts its own sakura tree festival – the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Aside from the blooming and fragrant sakura petals, the festival will also include art exhibits, film screenings and cultural performances.
4. Tokyo, Japan
Don’t know where to go for a memorable cherry blossoms Japan experience? Guess what? There’s more to Tokyo than its quirky attractions, high-speed bullet trains, state-of-the-art technology and towering skyscrapers.
Sure, it’s not known for its tranquil parks, but Tokyo has a whole lot of awesome places for those who are into nature spots. When the cherry blossom season sets in, Japan’s energetic capital will wow its residents and visitors with enticing cherry blossoms.
Our favorites here include the Asukayama Park, Yanaka Cemetery and Show Kinen Park.
3. Jinhae, South Korea
Jinhae is well-known for its irresistible cherry blossoms at Yeojwacheon Stream and parks full of pink blooms in spring. Every year, the port city celebrates the season with the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival – South Korea’s largest spring festival.
Thousands of visitors come to the city to see and experience the cherry blooms during the event, which also features extravagant parades, fireworks and art installations.
Every springtime, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC honors Tokyo’s 1912 present of more than 2,000 Japanese cherry blossoms to the nation’s capital. Spanning usually four weekends between late March and early April, the sakura tree festival draws over a million visitors who want to catch the fun-filled events and elaborate performances.
Besides the sprightly festivities, the event will also highlight visually appealing sakura tree blooms in their full glory along the revered Tidal Basin. It’s certainly a must see!
1. Kyoto, Japan
No list of the best places to visit in spring is complete without the inclusion of Japan’s elegant historic city, Kyoto. When the cherry blossom season sets in, Kyoto transforms into a pink paradise, thanks to its beautiful and fragrant sakura trees.
Even though the sakura tree blooms are everywhere in Japan during spring, Kyoto is likely the most stunning and Instagram-worthy. For an unforgettable springtime adventure in Kyoto, swing by the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Maruyama-koen Park and the Philosopher’s Path.
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