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The 20 Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in East Asia

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The cherry blossom season is in full bloom and the trees are ready to shine like the stars around the Asian continent. Spring marks the start of warm fuzzy feelings within when the weather gets warmer and people are leaving their wintery nests and venture out and explore. Social media is currently exploding with breathtaking shots of different cherry blossom spots all over the continent with South Korea and Japan leading the race.

Here are the 20 Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in East Asia:

1. Yoshinoyama, Japan

One of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom spots is Yoshinoyama in Nara Prefecture. This area boasts more than 30,000 trees of 200 varieties blooming all over the mountain!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Gwangyang, South Korea

At Gwangyang you get to see a stunning collection of more than 100,000 plum and cherry blossom trees. The best part, the plum trees even carry fruits that you can try only in this part of South Korea.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Fuji Five Lakes, Japan

What could be more iconic than cherry blossoms with a view of stunning Mt. Fuji near Tokyo in Japan? In the springtime, there is an entire festival dedicated to celebrating the stunning cherry blossoms that fill the region!

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Turtle Head Garden in Wuxi, China

Wuxi is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in China. The local Turtle Head Garden is a scene out of a traditional Chinese painting with many beautiful temples, bridges, and pagodas. The perfect scenic backdrop for your cherry blossom photos!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Alishan, Taiwan

The iconic red train rolling through the Alishan Forest Railway through overhanging branches of cherry blossoms is the “must” shot you need to get in this location!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Bucheon Wonmisan, South Korea

What makes this location unique is that Bucheon is not only famous for cherry and peach blossoms but also countless hot pink azaleas. That’s why the “three spring flower” festival is held right here and from early to mid-April each year!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Japan

This is probably the best sakura spot in Tokyo! The national garden has about 1,000 cherry trees, including early and late blooming cherry blossoms. This means, if you miss the main cherry blossoms in Tokyo, you can still catch some late bloomers here!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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8. East Lake Cherry Blossom Park Wuhan, China

Wuhan has its very own Cherry Blossom Park at East Lake making it one of China’s most popular cherry blossom viewing sites. Here, you’ll get to enjoy a stunning selection of Japanese cherry trees as well as great views of East Lake, China’s largest lake within a city!

 

 

9. Hong Kong Velodrome Park, Hong Kong

While cherry trees are rather rare in Hong Kong, Velodrome park has a modest collection of 11 cherry blossom trees, nine of which are the peach-colored Taiwan cherry. They usually bloom in Hong Kong from late February until April.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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10. Gucun Forest Park Shanghai, China

Even a megacity like Shanghai has an expansive cherry blossom selection on more than over 400 hectares with 12,000 cherry trees at Gucun Park. The blossoms here are so popular that Shanghai holds an annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from mid-March to mid-April.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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11. Wu’s Ancestral Shrine, Taiwan

At the end of January and early February, you can spot the first cherry blossoms here at Wu’s Ancestral Shrine. The Chinese-style pavilion makes for the best photo op here!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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12. Yeouido in Seoul, South Korea

This small island dividing Seoul into two parts is one of the city’s most popular cherry blossom spots!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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13. Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea

This area of Seoul comes to life in April when you can enjoy pink and white cherry blossoms, as well as a variety of performances, exhibitions, and fun traditional games.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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14. Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan

Yangmingshan National Park near Taipei is one of the best places to admire cherry blossoms in Taiwan. What’s special here are the many different types of cherry blossoms, like the Yoshino cherries, the Showa cherries, and the Yaezakura double cherries (double petaled blossoms!)!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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15. Osaka Castle Park, Japan

The sixteenth-century Osaka Castle is one of the most beautiful castles of the country and especially during the sakura season in Japan.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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16. Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto, Japan

This pedestrian path follows a cherry-tree-lined canal in Kyoto and is absolutely magical! Wear a kimono and you create unforgettable travel moments here!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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17. Himeji Castle, Japan

One of Japan’s grandest feudal era structures, Himeji Castle, is another sakura destination that seems to pretty to even exist. Dating back to 1333, the white castle is surrounded by stunning sakura trees in the spring.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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18. Wuji Tianyuan Temple, Taipei, Taiwan

If you are looking for beautiful blossoms and stunning Taiwanese architecture, this Taoist temple will melt your heart!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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19. Yuyuantan Park Beijing, China

From late March to mid-April, you can check out the annual Cherry Blossoms Culture Festival in Beijing’s Yuyuantan Park. With more than 2,000 cherry trees of 20 different species, this is one of the best places to see spring blossoms in Beijing!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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20. Jinhae, South Korea

Jinhae hosts the largest cherry blossom festival in South Korea and is known all over the country for its beautiful trees all around the city! The festival usually takes place in the beginning of April.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Linda

Linda has been living in Asia since 2012 and loves sharing her travel and life experiences on her website. She currently works remotely in Online Marketing and also teaches various English classes in South Korea.

1 Comment

  1. Sandy & Vyjay on April 19, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Cherry blossom are one thing I love a lot and wanted to see for a long time… The photographs attached are so so beautiful!….I cannot explain…. Especially Seoul and south Korea…This time of the season the place must be a riot of colours.

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