Where to go for the best view during the Cherry Blossom season ‍around the World

It may be snowing here but elsewhere cherry blossoms are in bloom. We reveal where best to see them, from Japan to Washington

By Julius Choudhury

From Hirosaki in Japan to Washington, D.C., in the U.S., here’s a look at the places that you can visit to view the best cherry blossoms.

One of the best-known symbols of spring in Japan is the magnificent pink Japanese cherry trees, also called Sakura. Starting in mid-March, the Internet is flooded with amazing pictures of all varieties of pink, blooming in parks and streets of different cities of Japan. The earliest city to blossom is Tokyo – this year its sakura trees are expected to be in full bloom by the end of March. Depending on a city, Japanese cherry trees may bloom even through May.

As the official Japanese school year starts in April, the first day back at school or work after the holidays usually coincides with the blooming of the sakura. You will always see many locals picnicking under the cherries every season – the tradition is called hanami, and dates back to the 8th century!

Because the cherries blossom in bunches of flowers, they are symbolically associated with clouds and stand for the ephemeral nature of life in Japanese culture, that’s highly influenced by Buddhism. sakura’s are often featured in Japanese art, movies, anime, and manga. Curiously, the delicate cherry trees were once even used as part of the propaganda, in order to inspire the “Japanese spirit” before the wake of World War II.

Even though Sakura is the unofficial national flower of Japan, today it has spread to many other countries as well, mostly due to the Japanese diaspora. The blooming of the sakura is definitely one of the most beautiful sights every spring, wherever you find them!

Hiroshima, Japan

Best views: Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima Peace Park, Shukkeien Garden, Hijiyama Park and Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima)

Washington, DC, US

Best views: Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Japanese Lantern, U.S. National Arboretum, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Anacostia Park and Stanton Park

Vancouver, Canada

Best views: Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden and Sutcliffe Park

Bonn, Germany

Best view: Heerstrasse.

New York City, New York, US

Best views: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York Botanical Garden, Queens Botanical Garden Cherry Circle, Riverside Park and Central Park

Paris, France

Best views: Parc du Champ de Mars, Notre Dame, Petit Palais, Square Gabriel Pierné and Jardin des Plantes

Jerte Valley, Spain

Best view: The entire region

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Best view: Charles River Esplanade

Curitiba, Brazil

Best views: Praça do Japão, Jardim Botânico, Parque Tanguá, Iguaçu Street and Pasteur Street

Stockholm, Sweden

Best view: Kungsträdgården

Hirosaki, Japan

Best view: Hirosaki Castle in Hirosaki Park

Macon, Georgia, US

Best view: Neighborhoods surrounding Wesleyan College

Himeji, Japan

Best views: Himeji Castle and Kokoen Garden

Seoul, South Korea

Best views: Yunjung-ro Path, Namsan Circular Road, Kyunghee University, Changgyeonggung Palace and Ilsan Lake Park

Nagano, Japan

Best views: Takato Joshi Park, Komoro Castle Ruins, Garyu Koen and Ueda Castle Ruins

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Best views: Fairmount Park, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Kelly Drive, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Columbus Boulevard

Hamburg, Germany

Best view: Alster Lake

Seattle, Washington, US

Best views: University of Washington campus and Washington Park Arboretum

Osaka, Japan

Best views: Osaka Castle, Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Expo 70 Commemorative Park and Osaka Mint Bureau

Copenhagen, Denmark

Best view: Langelinie Park

San Francisco, California, US

Best views: Sutter Street, San Jose Heritage Rose Garden and Golden Gate State Park

Miyagi, Japan

Best view: Shiroishigawa Tsuzumihitome Senbon

Newark, New Jersey, US

Best view: Branch Brook Park

Bristol, England

Best view: Castle Park

Salem, Oregon, US

Best view: State Capitol State Park

Hokkaido, Japan

Best views: Goryokaku Park and Makomanai Park

Jinhae, South Korea

Best views: Yeojwacheon stream and Gyeonghwa station

London, England

Best views: Kew Gardens, Regent’s Park, Kensington Gardens, St. James’s Park, Alexandra Palace and Greenwich Park

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Best view: Public Square

Tokyo, Japan

Best views: Meguro River, Rikugi-en, Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen, Chidori-ga-fuchi, Sumida Park and Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden

Shanghai, China

Best views: Gucun Park, Shanghai Botanical Garden, Chenshan Botanical Garden, Lu Xun Park, Zhongshan Park and Tongji University

Yamanashi, Japan

Best view: Lake Kawaguchi

Wuhan, China

Best views: Wuhan University and East Lake Cherry Blossom Park

Fujian, China

Best view: Tea plantation in Yongfu town

Yorkshire, England

Best views: The Stray park in Harrogate and Wentworth Castle

Taichung, Taiwan

Best view: Wuling Farm

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan

Best views: Lake Kawaguchi and Fuji Goko Lakes

Nanjing, China

Best views: Jiming Road and Nanjing Forestry University

Bursa, Turkey

 Best view: İnegöl region


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Travel Magazine: Where to go for the best view during the Cherry Blossom season ‍around the World
Where to go for the best view during the Cherry Blossom season ‍around the World
It may be snowing here but elsewhere cherry blossoms are in bloom. We reveal where best to see them, from Japan to Washington
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