It’s Cherry Blossom season! During this time of the year, the beautiful cherry blossoms are in full bloom! In Japan, viewing cherry blossoms is a traditional custom known as “Hanami.” From March until early May, the cherry blossoms or sakura (in Japanese) in Japan are at their most beautiful. To celebrate springtime and beauty of the sakura, picnicking underneath the trees is a tradition.
These are best places in the world to see cherry blossoms:
Japan is cherry blossom central. It is the national flower, after all! Springtime in Japan is one of the most exciting time of the year for citizens and tourists alike. Most major cities will have their own festivals to celebrate the beauty and wonder of the cherry blossom, including Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Yokohama. Cherry blossoms can be found everywhere, including public parks, gardens, castles, and shrines.
2. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC, USA
Ever since Japan gave the USA 3000 cherry blossoms in 1912 to celebrate their international friendship, people have been traveling to Washington to enjoy the annual National Cherry Blossom festival. It is one of Washington’s most popular tourist attraction, drawing in thousands of visitors from around the world. The festival features many arts and cultural events during the 3 week period.
3. International Cherry Blossom Festival, Macon, Georgia, USA
Macron is known as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the world. Every March, thousands of visitors travel to the Southern town to see over 300 000 Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom during the 10 day festival. Trees are planted throughout the town, including college campuses and neighborhoods. The festival was created in 1982 to celebrate “love, beauty and international friendship.”
4. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, South Korea
South Korea is home to dozens of places to view the beautiful cherry blossoms. The Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, drawing in 2 million visitors a year! People come far and wide to see the seaside town come alive with colour and beauty, with the blossoming of 220 000 trees! Trees are planted throughout the city, but the most spectacular sight is the 3.5m tunnel of trees along Anmin Road.
5. Guangzhou, China
Guangzhou is called “Green City” by locals for the dazzling display of flora and fauna throughout the city. One of China’s best kept secret is Nansha Huangshanlu Park in Guangzho, where hundreds of cherry blossoms are planted. The cherry blossom forest covers 10 000 square meters! These trees are amongst the first to bloom in the spring and the beautiful blooms can last for 2 months.
- Ode to a Cherry Blossom (simplyblessed.heartsdeesire.com)