Fall in love with springtime in Asia and Europe. Here our our top travel picks for places to visit to see the Cherry Blossoms this year.
East Coast Blossom Holiday
Many people are aware that April is the month that the nation’s capital erupts in a breathtaking sea of pink and white as the cherry blossom trees in Washington D.C. reach their fantastic full bloom. Don’t miss the National Cherry Blossom Festival which runs through April 15 and highlights the beauty of the season in all its glory. The best place to see Cherry Blossoms in the area is around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park, and on the Washington Monument grounds. Spring Blossoms in the USA are not only coming to life in D.C., “The Big Apple” also has several locations to enjoy this aromatic and visually stunning time of year. One favorite is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with its month-long celebration of “Hanami”. There is an eye-catching Cherry Esplanade which is a walkway lined with colorful flowering trees in shades of pink, purple and white. On April 28-29th they will host the Sakura Matsuri festival where you can enjoy J-pop bands, tea ceremonies, sword demonstrators and other Asian inspired cuisine and entertainment. Philadelphia additionally plays host to the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival where you will find scrumptious Japanese cuisine, martial arts demonstrations, and a “5K” fun-run as well as hundreds of cherry trees in full bloom during the first few weeks of April 2018.
Beijing’s Bountiful Blossoms
April is by far one of the best times to visit China and one of the most alluring aspects of Beijing in April is the spring blooms that encompass the city. There are countless cultural festivals that take place in April; including the International Kite Festival in Chao Yang Park and the very popular Yuyuantan Park Cherry Blossom Festival which takes place all month. It boasts an amazing array of Cherry Blossoms, where you will discover more than 200,000 flowering plants on display with approximately 2000 cherry trees from 20 distinct species to behold.
Sakura Serenity in Tokyo
Tokyo is a mystical and modern city that is full of contrast and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. April is a particularly wonderful time to visit as the weather is brisk and cool, without any of the heavy rains and elevated temperatures that are common in the summer months. Tokyo is world-renowned for their “Sakura” Cherry Blossom festivals that take place in early April. There are many to choose from, and some of the more popular ones include the Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival, Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival and the Chiyoda Cherry Blossom Festival; which are all free events.
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Picture Perfect Paris
Paris is arguably one of the best places to see Cherry Blossoms in April. Often referred to as one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris comes to life and is literally in “full bloom” as spring arrives with a burst of vibrant color and fragrance. This is an ideal time to beat the crowds that flock to the city in the summer and one of the best spots for magnolia blooms are at Jardin du Palais Royal located in the middle of the former royal palace. Jardin des Plantes is a “must-see” where you will discover one of the largest cherry trees in the city along with many other types of blooms. Be sure to check out the daffodils and rows of cherry trees in Parc Clichy-Batignolles for that picture-perfect Paris moment. Another beloved spot for both tourist and locals to watch the Sakura blossom would be Square Jean XXIII on side of the Notre Dame cathedral and the Parc de Sceaux which boast more than 150 Cherry Blossoms.
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Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”