Where to See Cherry Trees in Spring Around the World

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 pinks and whites of beautiful cherry blossoms in spring and the optimistic feeling they put in my soul. 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.

Cherry blossoms in Amsterdam
Photo of cherry blossoms in Amsterdam by From Frankie at As the Bird Flies Blog

Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan

From Purba Mazumdar at Four Blissful Feet

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.

Interesting facts

  • 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.

From Yulia Safutdinova at Miss Tourist

best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan
Photo of Hirosaki, Aomori/Sakura

“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.

Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto, Japan

Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto
Takase River

from Henry of This Life Of Travel

Kyoto has some of the most stunning cherry blossom displays in Japan. They also get extremely crowded due to their popularity. Some of the most popular places to see cherry blossoms are the Philosophers Path, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Marayuma Park, and Kameyama Park. I do recommend seeing the sakura trees at all these popular locations, but some of best cherry blossoms that you can have to yourself are along the Takase River on Kiyamachi Street. There are some super lush cherry blossom trees with picturesque viewpoints at the crossing points on the street. Most people are headed towards the popular spots, so you’ll have the cherry blossom trees to yourself here! At night, they are illuminated, making for a wonderful experience too.

If you love nature and art, there is a great weekend trip from Kyoto at the Art Islands

Cherry Blossoms in Osaka, Japan

Best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan

From James Ian at Travel Collecting

Osaka, Japan has several great places to view cherry blossoms.  One of the best is in front of Osaka-jo (Osaka Castle).  The castle makes a beautiful backdrop for the hundreds of cherry trees that carpet the garden in front of it.  Get there early to stake a claim for your hanami (picnic under the cherry trees).  Another great option is the Osaka Mint Bureau.  The gardens, which have over 300 cherry trees,  are opened for the week or so of peak cherry blossom viewing (usually early April).  This is another popular spot. My favorite place, however, is just outside Osaka is Shukugawa Park.  This is only about 15 minutes from central Osaka on the JR train, and you will be rewarded with a river lined on both sides by cherry trees, and more forming an avenue of pink blossoms to walk down.  It is stunning.  This is also a fun place for a hanami, as there are dozens of stalls set up selling beer, sake and snacks.

Other Places in Asia to See Cherry Blossoms

South Korea Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms in Gyeongju, South Korea

From Marie at Be Marie Korea

Where to see cherry blossom in South Korea
Cherry blossom tree in Gyeongju
The cherry blossom season in South Korea is a huge event all over the country. Most years it starts late march and runs for 2 or 3 weeks into April, depending on the area. All over the country, the parks and nature reserves transfer into a piece of paradise, but for seeing the creme de la creme, Gyeongju is the place to be. It is the ancient Silla dynasty capital and is filled with historic sights. During the cherry blossom season the whole city and all the ancient sights will be covered with these beautiful flowers. Every year the city organizes a festival which last 4 days and has lots of performances and events going on all around the city. Visitors will also have a chance to join the cherry blossom marathon. The marathon takes place just outside the city at Bomun lake.
Gyeongju is easily accessible from Seoul by KTX train or express, the travel time difference between those two options is quite significant but so it the cost difference. Other things to do in Gyeongju are the Tumuli park, Bulguksa Temple, Seokuram Grotto, Cheomsondae Observatory and many more.

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, Jinhae, South Korea

From Jess at Unearth The Voyage

 Best places to view cherry blossoms in Asia

One of the best places to see cherry blossoms in the spring is at the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae, South Korea. The festival has over 300,000 cherry blossoms making it one of the largest concentrations of cherry blossoms in the world! Over the course of the festival, it is estimated over 2 million people make their way to the small town of Jinhae! One of the great things about this festival is that it is not all about the cherry blossoms, it’s also about the food! You can find all types of food, not just Korean food. It is advised to not drive to the festival, as the traffic can be horrendous. We would recommend taking public transportation to the outskirts of the festival and then walking from there. One of the best things to do at the Cherry Blossom festival is to get your selfie game on. There are so many photo op opportunities at this place, you better be sure to bring your camera! The Romance Bridge is definitely the most photographed area at the festival. Be sure to cross the bridge and get some lovely shots there! There are also some other great opportunities at the train station. The train only comes through during the festival and it is just gorgeous when all the pink flowers flutter around in the air!

Cherry Blossoms in India

By Pashmina, The Gone Goat

places outside of Japan to see cherry blossoms in Asia

India, who would have thought that you could witness cherry blossoms in a country like India. In the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh lies in a precious valley called Sangla Valley. The place is surrounded by thick forests on one side and snow bounded peaks on the other side.

Next to the stunning Raksham village, you will find the second last village of India in the state of Himachal on the Tibetan side. We were surprised to find the blooming cherry blossoms next to the Kumru Fort. Standing at 2680 meter, the fort houses a Buddhist temple, a temple with an idol of Kamakhya Devi from Assam and a Badrinath temple from Garhwal.

The best way to travel to Kinnaur region is to rent a car to explore the Kinnaur region. The roads are not in the best condition but you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayan ranges and an insight into the Kinnauris, known to be Hindus who have strong Buddhist influences.

Spring in Morocco

Cherry blossoms in Ourika Valley

By Melissa of The Family Voyage

cherry blossoms in Africa

A great off-the-beaten-path place to view cherry blossoms is in Morocco’s picturesque Ourika Valley, just an hour from the bustling medina of Marrakech. When the blossoms come out in April, you’ll be joined by Moroccan day-trippers eager to enjoy the blooms, fresh air and a hike through the waterfalls behind the small town of Stti Fatma. As you walk the narrow paths behind the village where many souvenir and juice stands are set up, you’ll see the beautiful white cherry blossoms lining the path! Enjoy the view, along with the many other wildflowers you’ll see near Marrakech in spring. Check out our complete guide to what you should pack for your Morocco spring trip.

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Europe

Cherry Blossoms in Prague

From Alexane, The Travelling Frenchy

Where to view cherry blossoms in Europe
The Vojan Garden in Prague
Prague is, without a doubt, one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Even if everyone tends to go visit during winter for the Christmas markets, the best time to experience the poetic atmosphere of the city of hundred spires is during springtime. Prague is a wonderful place to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom because there is a great amount of baroque and hidden parks that turn white and pink during this time of year. The cherry blossoms are actually part of a cute Czech tradition that happens on May 1st. According to this tradition, couples should kiss each other under a cherry or apple tree in Petřín, which is one of the biggest parks in the city that offers incredible panoramic views. If unkissed, the ladies should be leaving their partners within the next 12 months! So, you guessed it, this is definitely a must-do for all couples visiting the city on the first of May.
Visit The Travelling Frenchy to read more about all of the cherry blossoms spots in Prague.

Cherry Blossoms in London, England

From Roshni at The Wanderlust Within

beautiful cherry blossoms in spring

When rosy pink pom poms finally make an appearance on the suburban streets of London we all know that Spring has arrived. From the cherry filled arches of Greenwich Park, to the pastel coloured trees leaning over the lake at St James Park, Londoners are spoilt for choice. For the best views try the Cherry Walk at Kew Gardens, an aptly named path lined with 30 white and candy floss coloured trees. Trust me, the photo opportunities are countless! For cherry chasers that don’t want to travel that far from central London, try the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral and the pastel houses of Notting Hill. Last but not least, don’t forget to head to one of the city centre parks in search of their abundant collection of blossoms, I’d recommend Holland Park, Kensington Gardens, St James Park, Regent’s Park or Greenwich Park.

Spring in Amsterdam

When do cherry blossoms bloom

From Frankie at As the Bird Flies Blog

Think of springtime in Amsterdam and you think of tulips, but actually there are a lot of places you can find beautiful spring blossoms in the Dutch capital. The main area you will find the most spectacular cherry blossom is in Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Woods) a vast wooded and park area in the south of the city that is easily reached by tram or by bike, in which you can find an impressive collection of Japanese cherry blossom trees. Aside from that you will see trees boasting impressive pink and white blossom in most of the city’s parks, including Museumplein next door to the Van Gogh Museum, and also in the city’s main park Vondelpark. You should also keep your eyes open for magnolia blossom, and other spring flowers, including, yes tulips!

Cherry Blossoms in France

Where to see cherry blossoms in France, Cherry blossom Peak

I was blessed to take my first trip to Paris in the springtime. We took an excellent day tour to the palace of Versailles. The gardens behind Marie Antionette’s house, Petit Trianon, are simply lovely and have a nice grove of cherry trees.

One week around Paris. thedailyadventuresofme.com
The perfection of spring in Tuileries Garden, Paris.

It is hard to beat a spring day having a Monte Crisco sandwich in the park of the Tuileries in Paris.

Cherry Blossoms in Germany

By Megan at Megan Starr

Does Germany have cherry blossoms?

My favorite place in the world for cherry blossoms is right in my own, adopted backyard of Frankfurt, Germany. Literally- the cherry blossoms in the city that are my favorite line my very own street and it is such a joy when spring rolls around the corner and the sakura blossoms have emerged out of their winter hibernation. Germany has some really fabulous cities for cherry blossoms and Frankfurt may certainly not be what comes to mind when one thinks of the trees, but I think visitors will be surprised to find cherry blossoms in several hidden corners of the city. I highly recommend grabbing a delicious cup of coffee in Frankfurt and perusing the streets of the city to find some of Germany’s best cherry blossom trees.

Cherry Blossoms in Turkey

Japanese Garden in Bucharest

Spring is probably the most beautiful season in Bucharest. And that’s because there are lots of parks full of flowers and greenery. Of all, my favorite is Herastrau Park, which has a special section. This is the Japanese Garden, the place that comes back to life in April. A lot of Japanese cherry trees blossom and create a dreamy image that many people choose to admire. It is very nice to spend your time here, to relax and look at the beautiful pink flowers. The garden is decorated in Japanese style and is a small oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the center of the Romanian capital.

Cherry Blossoms in Sweden

By Alex at The Swedish Nomad

Where to find Cherry blossoms in Sweden

Helsingborg in Southern Sweden has a whole park full of Cherry blossom. It’s quite spectacular to see and they are usually blooming in April. The Cherry Blossom park is located in the area called “Söder”, just a short walk from Gustav Adolfs Torg.

It’s like a mini version of the gardens in Japan, but you won’t have to share the Cherry blossom with the crowds. If you go here during the day, you will have the place almost to yourself, except the occasional dog walker and tourists who walks by.

Cherry Blossoms in South America

Cherry Blossoms in El Bolsón, Argentina

From Alex Trembath, Career Gappers

Cherry blossoms in South America
El Bolsón cherry blossoms

The scenic mountain town of El Bolsón in Argentina is one of the best-kept secrets of the vast Patagonia region. Away from the beaten track, El Bolsón is nestled in a valley between towering Andean peaks, with sleepy streams and rivers flowing by.

September is an extra-special time to visit this hidden gem. The beginning of springtime in the southern hemisphere brings the blooming of pink cherry blossoms on the streets of El Bolsón. The vibrant colour creates a striking contrast against the white snowscape that still covers the surrounding mountains.

The town has become renowned as a hangout for the artistic community. As the climate warms in September and cherry blossoms sprout, outdoor gatherings and creative fairs are held regularly. It’s also the start of the hiking season, with a choice of trails within close vicinity of the town for all levels of ability.

You can reach El Bolsón by road in a couple of hours from San Carlos de Bariloche along the legendary Ruta 40. If you don’t have your own vehicle, there are several bus services that run every day.

Cherry Blossoms in Canada

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Toronto, Canada

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 to make sure you don’t miss them! Read Lauren’s article for more information.

Lauren Marinigh of Twirl The Globe: Travel Blog

cherry blossoms around the world
Photo by Lauren Marinigh

Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in the United States

Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossoms

By Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler

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.

Where are the cherry blossoms in DC
Photo by Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler

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. Visit the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Bloom Forecast to see when they will bloom this year.

During this time, the city hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a parade, a kite festival, performances, and cultural events.

You can also check out my recent One Week Visit to Washington DC.

Cherry Blossoms in San Diego

By Priya from Outside Suburbia

cherry blossoms in California

If you are in San Diego during spring, you can’t miss the visiting the Japanese Friendship garden in Balboa Park. Balboa Park is around 100 years old and one of our first stops anytime we are in San Diego. It is one of the largest urban parks and perfect for love strolling through the Spanish styles buildings and gardens and visiting the many museums.

When the cherry blossoms in the Japanese Garden are in full bloom it is such a pretty sight to see!  The pink blooms in the serene landscape dotted with rocks and bridges.  You have to see these little flowers put on a show?! They are breathtaking! You can stop at the adjacent Japanese Tea house or the many stores around for some refreshments or you can bring a picnic to enjoy.

After that you can visit the blooming The Flower Fields in the North coast. Located in Carlsbad, the colorful tecolote ranunculus put on quite a show at this patch of hilly land along with roses gardens, orchids and other spring flowers. There is even a sweet pea maze and an American Flag thanks to strategically placed patches of pansies.  Best time to visit is March through April.

New York City Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms in Central Park

cherry blossom New York
Magnolia blooms in Central Park, NYC

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.

where to find cherry blossoms in New York City
You will find many cherry blossoms just walking around the streets of New York City.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossom Festival

To see when the blooms are starting in NYC visit the website of Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Garden is full of cherry blossoms and they hold a Cherry Blossom Festival. Read about what else Brooklyn has to offer.

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Boston, Massachusetts

Where to see cherry blossoms in Boston, Massachusetts
A charming gas lamp in Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts.

The colonial streets and pretty brick houses in Boston, Massachusetts make it the perfect spot to visit to see cherry blossoms. In the middle of Boston are two public green spaces. Be sure to check out the trees in the Boston Commons are Boston Public Gardens. Read more about Boston in spring.

I will leave you with 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?

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10 thoughts on “Where to See Cherry Trees in Spring Around the World”

  1. I currently live in DC and I can attest the Cherry Blossom Blooms are very special in the city. My tip is to arrive very early in the morning to avoid the crowds, especially if you want to photograph. Also, many bars do their take on cherry blossom inspired cocktails.. yum!

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  2. 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. Where such information?

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  3. Indeed, cherry blossoms is one of a kind. Too beautiful for words. My favorite spot has to be this town called Fujiyoshida in Japan. You climb up a bit of the steps to the top where you can view Mount Fuji, Chureito Pagoda and all the blossoming sakuras – all seen from one spot. It’s too surreal and unmistakably Japanese!

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