Parks tend to become much prettier when they have cherry trees planted inside them all perfectly lined up. Too bad these pristine cherry blossoms appear for such a short while in spring. But maybe that’s what makes them so rare and special, a reminder that all beautiful things are fleeting. And maybe that’s why people love growing them all over the world.
Here is a list of parks all over the world where you can see cherry blossoms and witness the most beautiful show spring has to offer us.
Where is the best cherry blossom?
The most popular variety of cherry blossoms is sighted in Japan at Hirosaki. Its flowers are nearly pure white, tinged with the palest pink, especially near the stem. They bloom and usually fall within a week, before the leaves come out. During the peak of the blooming season, thousands of Japanese people and tourists attend festivals and engage in hanami, or picnics beneath the cherry trees.
List of Cherry Tree Parks in the World
1. Jinhae, South Korea – Jinhae Gunhangje Festival
Jinhae is a naval port a few hours south of Seoul. It hosts the biggest cherry festival in South Korea called the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival. The entire town is filled with cherry blossoms during spring time. Since it is a naval port, a lot of military shows are also on display during the festival.
2. Meghalaya, India – India Cherry Blossom Festival
Unlike other places, the cherry blossoms in Meghalaya bloom earlier in November, thanks to their location near the Tropic of Cancer. The India International Cherry Blossom festival was held in November 2019. Meghalaya is a perfect place for growing cherry trees despite being located in a warm region. Most of Meghalaya is hills and conditions are favorable for the survival of cherry trees.
3. Paris, France
Iconic Paris has many locations in the city that showcases the beauty of cherry blossoms. Cherry parks can be found in places such as Jardin du Palais Royal, Eiffel Tower, Square Jean XXIII, Square Marie Trintignant, Parc Clichy-Batignolles, etc. The flowering starts from late February and ends in mid April.
4. Macon, Georgia – International Cherry Blossom Festival
Macon, Georgia has over 350,000 cherry trees. That’s a lot of cherry trees. It is why Macon is called the Cherry Blossoms Capital of the World. Macon also hosts the International Cherry Blossom Festival every year in spring.
5. Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, also home to beautiful cherry trees. They were first planted in memory of Chiune Sugihara who was a Japanese diplomat to Lithuania. It is a beautiful place that attracts locals and tourists alike who enjoy the sight of pink cherry blossoms.
6. Bonn, Germany
Bonn is famous for their “cherry blossom arcade”. It is the street in the Nordstadt district of the city that goes for hundreds of meters where most of the pictures of cherry blossoms originate. The entire lane is transformed into a riot of pink in springtime. There are several other cherry parks in the city too.
7. Hirosaki, Japan
Hirosaki Festival- Hirosaki Park has over 2600 cherry trees. It is one of the biggest cherry parks in Japan. It almost seems like the park dons on a new attire when spring arrives. Over 2 million visit Hirosaki during the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival which is held every year between late April to early March.
8. Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival – Vancouver in Canada is another beautiful place to view the splendor of the cherry trees. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival begins in April when the cherry parks are laden with pink blossoms. The locations where you can see the cherry blossoms are Kitsilano, Arbutus Ridge and UBC Campus.
9. London, England – Kew Gardens
You can see beautiful cherry blossoms in Kew Gardens in London, the famous botanical garden of England. Varieties of cherry trees can be found here which is to be expected as Kew Gardens is home to the world’s largest and most diverse botanical collection.
Here we have presented a list of the best places in the world where you can see cherry blossoms in all their splendor. If you know of any more locations, please let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading!
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