10 best places around the world to enjoy sakura season

10 best places around the world to enjoy sakura season

This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner.

The world is so lucky to have so many thrilling displays of beautiful flowers during spring to shake off those wintertime blues.

Of course, king among these is the cherry blossom, or sakura - extra special because of its brief lifespan.

Most people associate the ephemeral beauty of the cherry blossom with Japan, but did you know that the tree originated in the Himalayas?

However, you don't have to be in Japan to enjoy sakura season. Skyscanner has conjured up a list of the world's best spots to be in awe of these dainty, delicate and awe-inspiring flowers.

1. National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C. (USA)

The world-famous National Cherry Blossom Festival of Washington D.C. features more than 3,000 blossoms and serves as a backdrop for a citywide festival of cultural events and exhibitions.

This year, the festival will be held from March 20 to April 12. This festival celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.

It goes on for three weeks and there is definitely something for everyone as it showcases art exhibitions, cuisine and sports. There are several ways to enjoy the flowers such as paddle boating, bike tours, walking tours, and of course, cruises.

2. Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Vancouver (Canada)

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual celebration to mark the beginning of spring (as rainy season fades) and to celebrate the beauty of these flowers.

There is no doubt the 40,000 cherry trees in Vancouver city can cheer anyone up with their bursting white and pink blooms.

The month-long festival introduces a huge variety of events from bike rides to art classes. This year it is from April 2 to 29.

3. Aoyama Cemetery, Tokyo (Japan)

Aoyama Cemetery in Tokyo, home to some giant names from Japanese history, has a street lined with several hundred sakura trees. This avenue offers a spectacular tunnel of cherry blossoms in April where people can enjoy lunch and even night-time "hanami" flower-viewing in the cemetery.

It might be weird to have a picnic among the graves but it does get pretty crowded during cherry blossom season and it could cheer anyone up, perhaps even the dearly departed.

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