Top 10 Cherry Blossom Festivals in 2016

Top 10 Cherry Blossom Festivals in 2016

In spring Cherry Blossom Festivals take over the world. The festival become famous in Japan first and later took over the cities all around the planet. Here are ten towns that attract thousands of guests each spring to admire the sakura trees!

10. Stockholm, Sweden

Once in Stockholm visit Kungsträdgården park. It is one of the most popular places in the capital, where people meet, enjoy a day out and outdoor activities. In summer there are a lot of various cultural events and concerts taking place, in winter a skating rink attracts guests and locals, while in spring thousands of cherry blossoms fills the air with joy.

Why to go there?

The park is a nice place to go anytime. It is a meeting spot for many locals, who then go to one of the numerous cafes or restaurants surrounding Kungsträdgården.

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Photo by Hector Melo

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9. Vilnius, Lithuania

The historic capital becomes especially beautiful in spring – the locals are very proud of its lush greenery. Meanwhile the bank of river Neris next to National Gallery of Art gets covered in cherry blossoms and is the most popular spot to view the trees. The weather is colder in Lithuania, therefore sakuras bloom here later than in most of the countries in the list.

When to go there?

One can usually admire the trees from mid April to early May.

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8. Heerstrasse, Bonn, Germany

Also known as the Cherry Blossom Avenue, the street became famous after photographers started posting pictures of blooming trees. Every spring, usually in April, the street in Bonn is booming with these pink gorgeous blossoms. The street is found in hip Nordstadt neighborhood, in the city center, only 5 minutes from famous Beethoven’s House.

Why to go there?

Bonn itself is a very nice and interesting destination, while the blooming street is a striking attraction.

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7. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

One can find blooming cherry trees all around the Dutch capital, but it is especially dense with them in the Amsterdamse Bos. The English park is about three times the size of Central Park! There is this lane of sakuras that makes it a really romantic place to visit in spring once in the area.

When to go there?

It is estimated that the festival will take place from April 9th this year.

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Photo by Invivo Oz

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6. Vancouver, Canada

Being one of the hip cities in the country, Vancouver is always vibrant and fun place to be. And for nearly the whole April it celebrates spring with an abundance of events, shows, Japan fairs and blooming sakuras of course.

When to go there?

This year the festival will take place on March 24-April 17, 2016.

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5. London, England

The beloved hip capital has many parks and gardens, so behold for spring! Kew and Kensington Gardens, Regent’s and Greenwich’s Parks as well as numerous streets – you just name it – become a feast for eyes. Of course there are other plants in these areas, but sakura is the Queen of the month.

When to go there?

April is the time to go see cherry blossoms. However, the parks and gardens are popular attractions all year round, since there a variety of plants can be found.

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4. New York City, USA

How can one miss Big Apple in a list like this? Two best places to see the cherry blossoms in New York are Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Central Park, of course, although there are sakuras all around the city. In Brooklyn various Japanese cultural events take place in the garden and visitors love to come dressed up in traditional Japanese clothing.

When to go there?

Sakuras are in full bloom from around mid to late April or even May.

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Photo by Vivienne Gucwa

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Photo by Michael Jurick

3. National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C., USA

In 1912 the people of Tokyo have given the city 3000 sakuras. Ever since every spring blossoms with wonderful symbol of Japanese culture. But it is even more than beautiful Cherry Blossom trees. Various cultural events, programs and exhibitions take place, inviting to engage in this friendship of the two nations. This year Japanese artists, performers and musicians will present their art and entertain the public.

Why to go there?

It is one of the best times to visit the capital and experience its vibrant culture and lifestyle. In addition, the blossoming trees will definitely create even more excitement and provide picturesque sites.

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Photo by Jay Moore

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2. Chidorigafuchi Park, Tokyo, Japan

It is one of the most popular and favorite places to observe the sakuras in the city. A romantic walkaway of lined 260 cherry trees attracts almost a million visitors annually from all around the country. Besides boating in the river and observing the blossoms from water is a fun and a really good idea, since the park is usually packed with crowds at this time.

When to go there?

From the end of March to the beginning of April.

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epaselect epa04686494 People rowing boats enjoy night view of cherry blossoms in full bloom on Chidorigafuchi moat in Tokyo, Japan, 30 March 2015 after the Meteorological Agency announced on 29 March cherry blossoms became in full bloom, five days earlier than average year. The warm weather with temperatures of up to 23.6 degrees Celsius prompted many people to enjoy viewing cherry blossoms with some drinks. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

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1. Changwon City, South Korea

The Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival is the largest one in the country! It even features a military orchestra marching and playing through the streets, therefore it is also known as the Military Parade. The festival is being held since 1952 and it still attracts thousands of locals and guests who admire the blooming trees all around the town.

When to go there?

The festival takes place from April 1 to April 10.

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