Cherry blossom (sakura) season is here, the time where we get to witness splashes of white and pink flowers as cherry trees spring into bloom. Here's where to catch those gorgeous pink beauties around the world.
Hint: They are not limited to Asia!
1. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon – Korea
Not just a pretty sight but it keeps you healthy too! Every year, the annual Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon draws large crowds to admire the blooms and participate in its annual run. Happening on April 1, the marathon lets you breathe in fresh spring air and admire blossoming sakura petals dotting the trees and ground. We can't think of a prettier running route.
2. Bonn’s Tree Tunnel – Germany
Looking like a scene out of a fairy tale, this picturesque sight actually exists: Waltz under a tunnel of the prettiest pink blossoms in Altstadt, a city quarter in Bonn, Germany. A long row of cherry trees line the narrow road, with branches of pink flowers creating a lush canopy above. This gorgeous tunnel bursts into full bloom in spring, making it one of the most breathtaking views in the city every year.
3. Charles River Esplanade – Boston, USA
Flowing river by the lush green park? Check. Magical jaw-dropping views of pink cherry blossoms? Check. Charles River Esplanade ticks all our boxes for the perfect tranquil sakura setting. During spring, people flock to this iconic area for their daily jogs and lounge under the sun with spectacular views of Cambridge, Boston, and let’s not forget, the numerous rows of cherry blossom trees.
4. Lake Kawaguchiko – Japan
Lake Kawaguchiko is one of the Fuji Five Lakes that form an arc at the foot of Mount Fuji. Come spring, an estimated 300 Yoshino Sakura trees begin to bloom with pink cherry blossoms in the cool air. With the lake’s serene waters and the ever-mesmerising Mount Fuji as the backdrop, it is as beautiful as it gets and definitely makes a perfect Instagram shot. You can also picnic on the grass lawns and admire the cherry blossoms in all their glory.
5. Yangmingshan National Park – Taipei
Amidst the rolling grass hills and sweeping mountains, flora-filled Yangmingshan National Park is renowned for its hot spring, wildlife, fauna, and of course, the sea of lush white and pink sakura that blanket the park during the blossoming season. Explore the quiet trails or bask in the fragrance of fresh flowers under one of the many pavilions lining the area.
This article was first published on Shape