It is the end of May, and our lock down is almost coming to an end, and really soon we will be able to travel again. I cannot wait for this time to begin. I know, the things will be really different as previously to lock down, but who knows, maybe all will be much better. As a Local Guide Level 7 I receive a lot of useful and interesting information from this community. And I have recently seen that Google Earth launched an interesting way to enjoy the Cherry Blossom around the world, and their Top 10 recommendations. I thought I would share this lovely information with you.
Scenic spot in Tokyo, Japan
If you ever want to visit Japan, and especially Tokyo as much as we do, then we have to go there from late March to early April. It is the right time when a stretch of Meguro river’s sakura-lined walkway is illuminated come sunset. It is the best time to enjoy a festive stroll through the promenade’s 800 cherry blossom trees with snacks from the many nearby food stalls.
In this lockdown I was looking at so many youtube videos from famous youtubers, and cannot wait to travel again and visit such amazing places as this one.
Scenic spot in Miharu, Japan
Takizakura, an ancient 1,000-year-old weeping cherry blossom tree in the town of Miharu, is one of the most treasured cherry blossom sites in Japan. It flowers in mid to late April, and its light pink flowers spread in all directions from the branches, like a waterfall. Takizakura is considered the most beautiful cherry tree in Japan.
Park in Paris, France
If you go to Paris, you cannot miss Notre Dame Cathedral. When we visited it, it was previously on fire. But still, I think you have to visit this place. And Square Jean XXIII park behind the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most popular spots to enjoy cherry blossoms in the city. Cross over to Quai de Montebello for a picturesque view of the beautiful blossoms set against the cathedral.
Park in Curitiba, Brazil
Landscaped squares paying tribute to Japan with cherry trees, ponds & a traditional teahouse. It is the home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan, the city of Curitiba is dotted with cherry blossom trees, but this Japanese garden offers a truly immersive experience. The flowers bloom in July, which is wintertime in Brazil. So, we still have time to go there.
Park in Stockholm, Sweden
From Sweedish it is King’s Garden, and it is one of the most popular place for an outdoor experience. This urban park boasts the most concentrated cluster of pink cherry blossoms in Stockholm. It also hosts the city’s annual cherry blossom festival where you can marvel at cosplay and partake in various traditional workshops.
Hiking Area in Cáceres, Spain
A hiking area in Extremadura, with a special beauty of pure nature. Fiesta del Cerezo en Flor or the Festival the Flowering Cherry takes place every April at this cherry orchard, which is home to more than two million cherry trees. The two-week festival also offers various locally-made cherry products including wines, liquors and jams.
Transit station in Jinhae, South Korea
Gyeonghwa Station, famous for beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, is a small railway station in Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do. The discontinued railway station here comes back to life during the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival, South Korea’s biggest spring festival. The thematic carriage takes passengers through an 800-meter-long sakura tunnel for a truly unforgettable experience. Railway services in and out of Gyeonghwa Station have been discontinued as of 2006. You can walk through the tracks surrounded by rows of cherry blossom trees, making a tunnel effect filled with flowers.
Park in Vancouver, British Columbia
Queen Elizabeth Park is a 130-acre municipal park located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Here you can enjoy Vancouver’s cherry blossom festival that lasts an entire month, allowing visitors plenty of time to admire its beauty. While there are plenty of other sightseeing spots in the city, this expansive park offers a diverse selection and a range of exciting activities to match.
Botanical garden, London
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. To follow the Cherry Walk you have to start at the back of the Palm House and head towards the Temperate House, for a light and leisurely stroll under the sakura trees, which explode with color from the end of March until the beginning of May.
Reservoir in Washington, DC
The Tidal Basin is a partially man-made reservoir between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel in Washington, D.C. It hosts a month-long National Cherry Blossom festival, which starts in March. Although the festivities extend throughout the city, views from the Tidal Basin are arguably the most stunning.
I hope you enjoyed these places virtually as much as I did, and soon we will prepare our travels there.