10 Places to See Cherry Blossoms Other Than Japan

Celebrate springtime as you marvel at beautiful cherry blossom trees around the world.

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1. Seoul, South Korea

Each April, Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is celebrated in Seoul and visitors can stroll along Hangang River to take in the sight of over 1000 cherry trees, as well as blooms like azaleas, deutzia, and forsythias. Other fringe activities include fireworks and street performances.

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2. Washington D. C., United States of America

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. commemorates Mayor Yukio Ozaki’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city and is a celebration of the continuing friendship between Japan and America. Held in April and March, this spectacular festival features a kite festival, a day-to-night market, as well as a Pink Tie Party.

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3. Vancouver, Canada

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of community through the beauty of cherry blossom trees, with over 10 events for visitors to participate in. Held throughout the month of April, festival highlights include a massive picnic under Queen Elizabeth Park’s iconic cherry blossom canopy.

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4. Amsterdam, Holland

The Cherry Blossom Festival at Amsterdamse Bos marks the coming of spring and is undoubtedly a favorite with Japanese expats from Amsterdam and beyond. Held in March, the festivities include cherry blossom viewing, as well as festival tents purveying traditional Japanese food and drinks.

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5. Cáceres, Spain

Every year in March, cherry flowers cover the Jerte Vallery in a blanket of white—a spectacle that is the highlight of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Visitors can expect to marvel at thousands of cherry trees in bloom and explore the surrounding valleys via activities like hiking and paragliding.

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6. Shanghai, China

From April through to early May each year, Yuyuantan Park is a tourist draw thanks to its beautiful cherry blossoms. Head to the Cherry Garden, situated in the northwest of the park, to view over 30 varieties of cherry trees or enjoy its dreamy sight from a boat ride on the lake.

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7. Taichung, Taiwan

While Wuling Farm’s lush greenery and peaceful setting make it a great destination all year round, its fully bloomed cherry trees in spring create a sight to behold. Aside from enjoying the blooms, visitors can also visit fruit farms, a waterfall, and observe local wildlife.

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8. Hamburg, Germany 

Kirschblütenfest is Hamburg’s annual cherry blossom festival held yearly in May and it celebrates the longstanding relationship between the German city and Japan. Festival-goers can stroll under cherry trees along the Alster lakes and in the Altonaer Balkon park while enjoying martial arts performances and fireworks.

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9. Buffalo, United States of America

Since 2014, the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival has been an annual extravaganza celebrating the blooming cherry trees in the Buffalo’s Japanese Garden. Visitors can celebrate springtime with cocktail parties, an orienteering challenge, puppet shows, and poetry reading.

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10. Paris, France

With spring in Paris coinciding with the cherry blossom season, the Champ de Mars is a lovely spot for viewing the blooms between March and April. Located between Eiffel Tower and École Militaire, the lush green space attracts tourists and locals alike.

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