It’s that time of the year when Japan will be painted in a pink hue, thanks to the sublime Sakura season. Lasting for only a couple of weeks, many travelers throng to the Land Of The Rising Sun just to see the cherry blossom trees in full bloom during spring. But, if you cannot make it all the way to Japan in time to see this spectacle, worry not. Holidayme brings to you alternative destinations that are also home to the pretty cherry blossoms!
8 places outside Japan where you can witness beautiful cherry blossoms
1. South Korea
Where: Jinhae-gu, Jeju island, Seoul, Busan, Daegu
When: Late March to mid-April
Did you know that while the picturesque island of Jeju is home to the annual Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival, the capital city of Seoul too hosts the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival and the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival? With so many festivals dedicated to the cherry blossoms, you have to believe us when we say that South Korea is one of the best places outside Japan where you will find mesmerizing Sakura!
Yes, one of the very few places in the world where you can witness cherry blossoms during the autumn season and not the spring season, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong, India, celebrates the flowering of the pretty Himalayan cherry blossom with events such as live music concerts, food and beverage stalls, arts and crafts stalls that showcase the culture of the region and even beauty pageants.
Where: Taipei, Alishan, Tamsui, Yangminshan National Park
When: Mid-January to mid-April
Giving you a broad window to plan your travel, the Sakura season in Taiwan lasts for nearly 4 months, from January to April. Need another reason to visit this charming country? How about we give you 15 reasons?! Check out these 15 stunning images that capture the beauty of Taiwan and get inspired to immediately pack your bags and leave on a Taiwanese sojourn!
4. United States of America
Where: Washington DC, Dallas, Brooklyn, Salem, Nashville
When: March and April
It seems like even cherry blossom trees have an epic spring break party in the USA every year! But, if you want to join this party, you’ll have to stay on your toes; for the cherry blossom season hits multiple states of America randomly between March and April and stays for just a few days. However, if you plan carefully, you can visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden just in time to participate in the Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival.
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Where: Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai, Dalian, Hangzhou
When: Mid-March to late April
One of the best times to visit China, the Sakura season in the country looks picture-postcard perfect and Instagram ready! Although Sakura is traditionally associated with Japan, China’s cherry blossoms too, are remarkable to witness.
Where: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Sundsvall
When: March and April
Stockholm’s King’s Tree Garden (Kungsträdgården), a garden dating back to the Middle Ages, plays the perfect host to 63 cherry blossom trees that turn a vibrant pink every year during spring. Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, is home to a lush green botanical garden which boasts of magnificent Sakura trees. And, if you happen to visit Sweden in May, you might spot a few pink blossoms in the city of Sundsvall then.
Where: Jerte Valley
When: Mid-March to early May
What’s special about Spain’s Jerte Valley, you ask? Two things! One, it is home to not one, not two, not three, but 2 million cherry trees. And two, these cherry blossoms are not pink but pristine white! And if you happen to visit the valley during this season, you can enjoy the annual Fiesta del Cerezo en Flor, a festival that celebrates the tree’s flowers.
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Where: Chiang Mai, Khun Sathan National Park, Loei, Chiang Rai
When: Mid-December to mid-February
Having a tropical climate, Thailand still manages to surprise its visitors with cherry trees that blossom with a vivacious pink colour. Home to the Himalayan cherry blossom, this Land Of Smiles is an offbeat destination to go cherry blossom viewing. And if you want to plan a trip to Thailand, how about you take the help of this brilliant travel guide of Thailand?
While at it, you can also visit Vancouver, Canada to witness some magnificent views of cherry blossoms. Hosting the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, did you know that the first 500 cherry trees in Vancouver were a gift from Japan to Canada? Now that’s the kind of gift worth showing off to the world!