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Cherry Blossom Fields: Where To See Them Around The World

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Do you eagerly await the arrival of beautiful pink cherry blossoms after winter, like AE Houseman in his much-loved poem “Loveliest of Trees the cherry now”? Many agree that seeing cherry blossom fields is one of the best signs that warmer, lighter days are coming.

In Japan, seeing cherry blossom fields is so popular that people track the progress of cherry blossom season: they call it the sakura zensen!

Where To See Cherry Blossoms Around The World

Japan is not the only place where you can find beautiful cherry blossoms! Here are some of the best places to see cherry trees flowering worldwide:

Cherry Blossom Fields In USA

Where are the Cherry Blossoms in DC?

Cherry Blossom Fields in Washington DC

Washington DC has some of the best cherry blossom fields in the USA. While you can see them throughout the area, the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms are the best.

You’ll want to walk around the basin to take photos of the beautiful blossoms and enjoy the views. You can also snap more photos of the cherry blossom in Washington DC – at the Washington Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.

Expect crowds throughout peak cherry blossom season, as so many people visit to experience the best places to see cherry blossoms in DC. You can park nearby and walk over, but parking can be difficult. Alternatively, use public transport then walk to the Tidal Basin.

Stay at the Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle and don’t miss visiting the Smithsonian museums while you’re in the city.

Cherry Trees in Texas

If you’re wondering, “can cherry blossom trees grow in Texas”, you’re in for a treat, as there are several fabulous places to see these beautiful blossoms. Here are just a few of them:

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  • The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are described as “One of the best places to see stunning spring blooms across the south” by Southern Living! The Dallas Blooms festival is the best time to see the 150 cherry trees at their best (25 February to 16 April 2023)
  • Pecan Grove, near Houston
  • Fort Worth Japanese Garden, within the Forth Worth Botanical Gardens

While visiting Texas, you might like to check out some of the Best Rooftop Pools in Dallas for a spot of R&R!

Cherry Blossom Fields in Japan

You can spot cherry blossom fields in Japan some of the most romantic places in Japan.

Japanese cherry trees start to blossom in Okinawa in January, then as the weather warms up, the more northerly trees in Kyoto and Tokyo burst into flower by the beginning of April.

During cherry blossom season, Japanese people enjoy the centuries-old tradition of hanami or picnicking beneath blooming cherry blossom trees to celebrate and honour the blossoms.

Here are just a few of the best spots to enjoy Sakura in Japan:

Tokyo

Seeing cherry blossom fields in Japan is an experience like no other. The sheer quantity of trees and how they contrast against Tokyo’s skyscrapers and traditional buildings are truly magnificent.

Where to see Cherry blossom in Tokyo

The cherry blossom season is best seen in the last week of March and the first week of April. 

While you can’t go far in Tokyo without seeing the cherry blossoms, here are the top locations for the most impressive display of beautiful pink spring blooms. 

  • Kita-no-maru Park – Kudanshita Station
  • Meguro River – Meguro Station
  • Imperial Palace East Gardens – Otemachi Station

Getting around Tokyo on the train is easy. Google Maps will show you which train you need to take to get anywhere, and it’s cheap too! 

Where to stay? Tokyo is huge, so there are many options, but you can’t go wrong with the suburb of Shinjuku. Unplan Shinjuku is a modern and clean hostel with capsule-style beds for privacy, while the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is a very good 4-star hotel with a fantastic location right next to the train station.

Cherry trees flowering in Tokyo

PRO TIP: While in Tokyo, check out the Tokyo Skytree for views from the viewing deck 450 metres above Tokyo and plan your trip to with this Japan Travel Guide

Kyoto

One place that lets you experience cherry blossoms in an enchanting location surrounded by ancient temples, towering bamboo forests, and scenic rivers, is Kyoto, Japan.

Cherry trees flowering in Kyoto Japan

Kyoto is close to Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, and it’s easily accessible by train. The best time to visit Kyoto is between March 20th and April 14th, with the most stunning spring blooms showing up in early April.

The best places to see the cherry blossoms in Kyoto are the Kiyomizu-Dera temple, Philosopher’s Path, Keage Incline, Arashiyama bamboo forest, and the Kamo River area.

Other unmissable activities on your itinerary for Kyoto include visiting the Fushimi Inari shrine, exploring the Gion District, and walking around the Golden Pavilion.

There are many options for places to stay in Kyoto, from dorm rooms to traditional ryokans. Ryokan Tori is a great option for a unique experience,!

Cherry Blossom Fields in Korea

Seoul

Cherry blossom field Busan Korea

Seoul is a fantastic place to visit to see cherry blossom in Korea because the trees are all over the place. Cherry blossom season in Seoul is around the first two weeks of April.

If you’re looking for where to see cherry blossoms in Seoul, one of the best places is Seokchon Lake. Situated between high-rise buildings and Lotte World Tower (an iconic Seoul skyscraper), Seokchon Lake is a particularly beautiful setting for cherry blossoms.

Cherry trees flowering in Korea
Seokchon Lake, Seoul

The western portion of the lake is also home to Lotte World, a popular amusement park in Seoul. With the lake, buildings, and theme park, Seokchon Lake offers a unique cherry blossom viewing experience.

Seokchon Lake is easily accessible by public transportation, with many bus stops and subway stations nearby.

For one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in the area, visit Seoulism cafe. It’s famous for the view of Lotte World Tower from its rooftop, delicious brunch and drinks, and Instagrammable décor. Check out these 6 reasons you should visit Seoul for more inspiration.

Busan

While Seoul is a gorgeous location for cherry blossom viewing, Busan’s ocean views make it even more special.

Where to see cherry trees flowering - in Busan, Korea

Where to see the cherry blossoms in Busan

  • Daejo Ecological Park
  • Oncheonjang River Park
  • Moontan Road, on Dalmaji Hill – the most central and conveniently located place to enjoy the cherry blossoms (not to mention the most scenic and iconic)

To get here, take the metro to Jangsan (the end of line 2) and take either bus number 2, 7, or 10 up the hill. Taxis are also extremely cheap, so another good option is to taxi from Haeundae beach. The massive cherry blossom trees reach over the road, creating a tunnel of pink flowers you absolutely cannot miss. 

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For your trip to Busan, I recommend finding a hotel along Haeundae beach, as it’s closest to the best place to see the cherry blossoms and some of the best things to do in Busan. 

While in Busan, you can’t miss visiting Gamcheon Culture Village and Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (the temple by the sea), as well as budgeting for a day to lounge on the gorgeous beaches that Busan has to offer.

Cherry Blossom Fields in Europe

Paris, France

Cherry Blossom in Paris

Cherry blossoms bloom in many places around Paris and they are magnificent! Some varieties bloom in March, while the famous Kanzan cherry trees, with their big fluffy flowers, bloom at the beginning of April – typically for two weeks.

Luckily, all of the the cherry blossoms in Paris are accessible by public transport, so getting to see and photograpgh them is very easy!

Some of the best places to see the cherry blossoms in Paris feature famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Petit Palais, and Notre Dame! Other unmissable activities include climbing the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Louvre Museum, taking a cruise on the River Seine, and enjoying local gastronomy!

Hotel Novotel Paris Centre Gare Montparnasse is a great place to stay – convenient located for many of the cherry blossom fields.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin cherry blossom fields

Berlin might not be the first place you think of for cherry blossom season; however, Berlin in spring is beautiful. The best the time to see Berlin’s cherry blossom fields is April or May, depending on the weather.

Edinburgh, Scotland

cherry blossom in Edinburgh
Image by Gabriel

If you’re looking for the best places to see cherry blossoms, make sure to visit the cherry blossom in Edinburgh.

The best place to see cherry blossoms in Edinburgh is at The Meadows, a big park only five minutes from Edinburgh Castle. The cherry blossoms line the pathways through the park and make a beautiful archway.

cherry blossom in Edinburgh
Sakura in The Meadows, Edinburgh. Image by Ludovic Farine

There’s also beautiful cherry blossom lining Princes Street, the main shopping street in Edinburgh that overlooks the castle. The blossoms aren’t as impressive as The Meadows, but the backdrop of the castle is incredible.

Both these spots are in the middle of town, so you can easily see them by walking there. While the dates differ yearly, the cherry blossom usually comes out around mid-to-late-April.

Recommended place to stay in Edinburgh: Stay in either the city centre (Old Town or New Town) or Stockbridge.

Other can’t miss activities in Scotland: Do a road trip around the Scottish Highlands. Don’t miss Dunnottar Castle (the best castle in Scotland), the Speyside whisky distilleries, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Harris.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Look at that cherry blossom field in Amsterdam

The Bloesempark (Cherry Blossom Park) in Amsterdam Bos (forest of Amsterdam) has 400 (!) Yoshino cherry trees, donated by the Japanese Women’s club in 2000. The Best Travel Gifts recommends it as one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in the Netherlands.

Cherry blossom season runs from the end of March to the beginning of April. You’ll need to arrive early if you want to avoid the crowds, as the Bloesempark is a very popular site,

The bloesempark is not actually in Amsterdam but in Amstelveen, about a 40-minute bike ride from Amsterdam central station.

Recommended place to stay in Amsterdam: The Hoxton Amsterdam

London, England

Cherry blossom season is bountiful in London – it’s a fabulous time of year to visit England’s capital city.

Cherry trees flowering in fron t of St Paul's Cathedral, London
Cherry trees flowering outside St Paul’s Cathedral, London

One of the most iconic places to see the cherry blossom in London is outside St Paul’s Cathedral, and there’s a Japanese-style Cherry Blossom tunnel in Greenwich Park!

Other beautiful cherry blossom fields in London include:

  • Greenwich Park
  • Kew Gardens
  • The Kyoto Garden in Holland Park,
  • Regent’s park
  • St James’s Park

Harrogate, England

Cherry Blossom in the Stray, Harrogate
Cherry Blossom in the Stray, Harrogate

Last but by no means least, one of the best displays of cherry trees flowering in the UK is the beautiful spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

Harrogate’s magnificent central park – The Stray – is crisscrossed with cherry tree-lined avenues in one of the country’s best displays of cherry blossom. Many of the residential streets in the nearby neighbourhood are cherry tree-lined too.

PRO TIP: While you’re in Harrogate, don’t forget to visit the incredible Victorian Turkish Baths, pop into iconic Betty’s Tearoom for a sumptuous afternoon tea, and take Harry’s brilliant walking tour of the town – it’s free!

Stay at Hotel du Vin – a beautifully converted Georgian townhouse in the middle of the town, with gorgeous rooms and a very good restaurant.

Cherry Blossom Fields in Canada

Toronto

Toronto is one of the best places in Canada to see cherry blossoms, as there are lots of places around the city to find beautiful cherry trees.

Cherry Blossom in Washington DC

High Park is the largest in the city and the ultimate place to see cherry blossoms in Toronto!

Take a stroll along High Park Trail and around Grenadier Pond to enjoy the beautiful pink cherry blossom trees along the trail. The best time to view the trees in blossom is from mid April to early May – dependant on the weather.

Public transport is the easiest way to get to High Park. Alight at the High Park subway stop at the top end of the park: you’ll see signs directing you to the cherry trees from the subway stop.

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Cherry Blossom Fields in New Zealand

Alexandra, near Queenstown

Cherry Blossom in New Zealand

Springtime in New Zealand is around September when the city of Alexandra holds its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This is just over an hour’s drive from the major tourist hub of Queenstown.

The festival runs over a particular weekend, but the Cherry Blossom trees are displayed all over the small town and can be viewed throughout the month.

Cherry Blossom in New Zealand

Daily Intercity bus services leave from Queenstown, or you might find it easy to hire a car to get around.

Accommodations are limited, but the Alexandra Heights Motel or the Alexandra Avenue Motel will keep you central to town.

PRO TIP: Take a short hike to the Alexandra Clock on a Hill. It’s a working clock face, a short 10-minute walk, and 11 metres in diameter. This will also give you an overall view of Alexandra.

FAQ: Cherry Blossom Fields

Where is the best place to see cherry blossom fields?

The most famous places to see cherry blossom are probably Japan and Washington DC, but there are beautiful places around the world to enjoy the cherry blossom season.

Where is the best place to see cherry blossoms in the USA?

From the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Texas to Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden: San Diego, California and The National Mall: Washington, DC there are so many wonderful places in the USA to see cherry blossoms.

Where are the cherry blossoms in DC?

The most popular place to see cherry blossom in Washington DC is the Tidal Basin area.

During what months do cherry blossoms bloom?

In the northern hemisphere, cherry blossom is normally seen between March and April, whereas in the southern hemisphere, cherry blossom season is in September.

What do cherry blossoms symbolise?

In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolise good luck, love, and springtime. As cherry blossom fields are only in flower for a couple of weeks, they also represent human mortality as a reminder of how short and precious life is.

Conclusion: Cherry Blossom Fields Around The World

If you’ve never gone looking for cherry trees flowering, perhaps this is the year to search for “cherry blossom near me” and go for a scented stroll beneath a beautiful canopy of pink flowers. Pick more than one location, and you could see multiple flowering cherry tree varieties – perfect if you love ornamental cherry trees

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