Where else can you find cherry blossoms?
Spring is just around the corner for Japan, so you can expect your Instagram feeds to be infiltrated by an endless stream of sakura photos pretty soon. Though Japan’s spring season is synonymous to cherry blossom season, this isn’t the only destination you can find sakura. Who knows, your upcoming Spring travel destination might be home to an abundance of cherry tree fields, too? We’ve listed eight other destinations where you can get your sakura fix - check them out!
Thanks to K-Dramas, fans are aware that cherry blossom trees line the streets of Seoul every Spring, however other excited tourists might not have knowledge of this information. Major areas in Seoul and as well as provincial areas in the country showcase fields of sakura trees that bloom all the way to April! In the city, you’ll find sakura trees by major attractions such as Lotte World, Namsan Park and Gyeongbokgung Palace.
If you didn’t know, you can actually see cherry blossoms all over Taiwan! Though their blooming period is relatively earlier as compared to Japan and Korea, you can actually catch these vibrant cherry trees in numerous parts of the country! Plus, Taiwan is visa-free for Philippine passport holders, so flying over is less of a hassle!
A popular place for cherry blossom sightings is at the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village in Taichung, Taiwan. Here, you can take part in their annual cherry blossom festival, which takes place every February. In addition to the thousands of cherry trees to take photos of, visitors can also enjoy performances and nighttime illuminations.
You’ll be surprised to know that Thailand boasts its own set of cherry trees in the Spring! The most popular area to spot these pink blooms in the country would be Chiang Mai, where a field of sakura trees bloom all through January to early February. In case you’ve missed it, Suan Rot Fai Park in Bangkok has yearly blooms as well that last until mid-February.
Brooklyn, New York
While New York City is known for its concrete buildings, neon lights and billboards, the crown jewel of its neighboring city, Brooklyn, is the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and every Spring, the garden is blanketed by beautiful cherry blossom trees. From March through April, both locals and tourists flock to this side of New York specifically to see these pink blooms.
Every April, the garden hosts Sakura Matsuri, their annual cherry blossom festival. During this time, guests get a magnified look into Japanese culture featuring cultural performances and events.
The annual cherry blossom festival in Vancouver, Canada holds a beautiful origin story. In the 1930s, the cities of Kobe and Yokohama, Japan gifted Vancouver their first 500 cherry trees in honor of the Japanese Canadians who fought in the first World War. Now, the city boasts over 40,000 sakura trees, plus a month-long annual festival as celebration.
A handful of London’s beautiful parks and gardens welcome an abundance of cherry trees every Springtime. Though Japan’s spring blooms are definitely unmatched, if you find yourself in London through the months of March to early May, you won’t have a difficult time spotting sakura in this western location. Some of the best places to catch these pink blooms would be at Greenwich Park, Kensington Garden, Regent’s Park, and the Kew Gardens to name a few!
You're also bound to spot a multitude of fresh pink blooms outside of London! In the Spring, a day trip to Windsor Castle is a must! The castle grounds are boast their own set of cherry blossoms perfect for photos!
Can you imagine anything more beautiful than cherry blossoms blooming against Edinburgh’s medieval buildings? Springtime in this Scottish city is nothing short of beautiful especially down Edinburgh’s Meadows, the Royal Mile and as well as the University of St. Andrews. For a city that hardly gets any warmth and sunshine, Springtime is a coveted time for the locals - and fortunately they’re gifted with an abundance of gorgeous lush landscapes in the months of April and May.
Jerte Valley, Spain
If you’re looking for a field of cherry blossom trees, Jerte Valley in Spain can legitimately offer just that. Rows and rows of white-blush cherry trees cover the rolling hills, presenting a majestic sight that’ll be difficult to peel your eyes off of.
As a major producer of cherries, Jerte Valley is home to a whopping million and a half cherry trees, and with that amount of trees, it’s just right to have a two-week long celebration of Spring. The 50,000+ guests that attend this annual event not only enjoy the beautiful landscapes, but are welcomed with cherry wines, liquor and jams to enjoy.