My favorite season is spring when the world comes alive after its winter slumber. I love all the flowers, but I especially love cherry blossoms. Oh, the colors of cherry trees in spring. Although they are rumored to have originated in the Himalayas, they were spread around the world by the country of Japan, often as a symbol of pride or friendship, sometimes as a result of colonialism. They are a symbol of the ephemeral nature of life- the beauty that can exist in that which is short and fleeting. Here is a guide to the best places and times to view these lovely flowers and celebrate this time of hope and rebirth.
Spring is the best time to savour in the colourful cherry blossoms of Japan. March and April are considered the best months. This is when tourists flood in to capture the soft colorful splendor of the iconic Sakuro (Japan’s term for cherry blossoms). But the blossoms actually begin in the island of Okinawa in January, moving up north during February and reach their peak in Tokyo and Kyoto towards the end of March.
Though Shinjuku Gyoen or Arashiyama in Kyoto are the most popular destinations to view the blossoms, most tourist destinations during spring get a cover of the blossoms during some time or the other. Hence, if planning a trip to Japan during spring, it would be good to plan and match a viewing as well, to have the unique experience.
- Japan has a yearly event of “hanami” (viewing cherry blossoms) which is something like a picnic party where people gather and party under cherry blossoms.
- The cherry trees of the USA are a result of a gift from Japan in 1912, as a token of friendship.
By Purba Mazumdar at Four Blissful Feet
“Almost all Japanese people everywhere in the country have one week vacation at cherry blossom blooming time (called “Golden week”) specially to enjoy their beauty. And you know how hardworking Japanese people are, so it must be worth it! On these days Japanese people come early in the morning to the Sakura park and spend the whole day with their family and friends.” To read more of Yulia’s article about her trip during “hanami’ visit her article on www.misstourist.com.
High Park in Toronto, Canada, is where I consider one of the best spots for cherry blossoms in the spring. Although the park becomes a bit crowded and touristy while the blossoms are in bloom, visiting in off hours like during the daytime, during the week, or early in the morning, can give you the chance to admire the blossomed trees without the chaos of everyone else. You can track the progress of the blossoms here to make sure you don’t miss them! Read Lauren’s whole article.
Lauren Marinigh of Twirl The Globe: Travel Blog
Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossoms
White and pale pink blossoms surround the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., each spring. So, take a stroll to the Jefferson Memorial or pedal a paddle boat to see the 3,000 cherry trees Japan gifted to the United States in 1912.
You will also find cherry blossoms and fewer crowds at the National Arboretum, Foxhall Village in Georgetown, and the East Potomac Park on Hains Point. Many Potomac River cruises also offer a cherry blossom route.
When the flowers will bloom changes a bit each year, but peak bloom usually falls between late March and mid-April. This year, the National Park Service predicts peak bloom around April 11-14.
During this time, the city hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a parade, a kite festival, performances, and cultural events.
by Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler
And last, but not least…
New York City
Central Park is one of my favorite places, especially in the spring, when everyone is so happy to get out of their little boxes and celebrate the beauty around them and the new warmer weather. The park is full of people biking, running, playing, picnicking or just basking on rocks enjoying the sun.
Of course, the streets of New York City are also awash with color. It is really a lovely city. To see when the blooms are starting in NYC visit the website of Brooklyn Botanical Gardens which is another great place in the city to see the flowers.
I will leave you with another picture of some blossoms from Central Park and the wish that you find the kind of peace and beauty that these flowers symbolize to me where ever you are blessed enough to view them. These are not the only great places to view the blooms-Where is the best place you have seen them?