Fragrant, heart-warming and visually enticing, cherry blossoms are an absolute Pinoy traveler’s dream. With its exquisite pink petals and 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 cherry blossom destinations in 2019.
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.
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. Of course, 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 2019, 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 trees 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 2019? 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 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.
7. Tokyo, Japan
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.
8. 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 cherry trees to the nation’s capital. Spanning usually four weekends between late March and early April, the 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 cherry trees in their full glory along the revered Tidal Basin. It’s certainly a must see!
10. Kyoto, Japan
No list of the best places to visit in spring is complete without the inclusion of Japan’s elegant historic city, Kyoto. After all, Kyoto transforms into a pink paradise in spring, thanks to its beautiful and fragrant cherry blossoms. Even though cherry trees 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.