Cherry Blossom – spring has sprung!
Sunshine one minute and snow the next… the weather might have been a bit up and down over the last couple weeks but spring is definitely trying to shine through and some of the UK’s beautiful blossoms are starting to bloom. It’s got us thinking about the destinations around the world known for their beautiful cherry blossoms.
Perhaps one of the most renowned destinations to see blossoms, every March visitors flock to Tokyo to see the centuries-old cherry blossom trees bloom across the pink city. Kyoto, a little over a three hour train ride from Tokyo, is a popular alternative to the capital with its traditional neighbourhoods preserving their gardens for centuries.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC is the largest festival in the US and is run by the National Parks Service between March and April. One of the best places to see them is the Jefferson Memorial.
Auckland, New Zealand
In the southern hemisphere the cherry blossoms season is from August to October. Throughout September in Auckland’s Cornwall Park visitors will find face painting and orchestra concerts on Cherry Blossom Sundays.
The 40,000 cherry trees planted around Vancouver’s rivers and parks are a sight to behold when they start to bloom in April! For nearly a month, the Canadian city celebrates its diverse residents with tours, a haiku contest and a jazz concert that winds through the tree-lined paths.