10 other places to see sakura outside Japan

With sakura trees blooming at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore has come down with a serious case of cherry blossom fever. That got us thinking about other places around the world where we’d be able to witness the spectacle aside from taking the well-beaten path to Japan. Here’s what we found.


Alishan, Taiwan


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Cherry blossoms bloom in many places around the island but the Alishan National Scenic Area is perhaps the best spot. It’s hosting the Alishan Cherry Blossom Festival until Apr 10.


Hong Kong


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There are several spots around Hong Kong to witness the bloom of Taiwanese cherry blossoms including its highest peak, Tai Mo Shan.


London, UK


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The Cherry Walk at UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is home to 15 pairs of sakura trees. Check out the bloom schedule here.


Paris, France


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See sakura bloom beneath the Eiffel Tower at Parc du Champ-de-Mars.


Seoul, South Korea


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Shanghai, China


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The Shanghai Cherry Blossom Festival is about to begin in Gucun Park and will last until mid-April.


Stockholm, Sweden


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Kungsträdgården, or the King’s Garden, has been a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing since 1998.


Sydney, Australia


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The Auburn Botanical Gardens in Sydney’s western suburbs typically welcomes the sakura bloom in August.

Vancouver, Canada


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The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from Mar 24 to Apr 17 in 2016.


Washington, DC, USA


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In 1912, 3,000 cherry blossom trees were given to the city of Washington, DC by the Mayor of Tokyo. This enduring gesture of friendship is celebrated annually as the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Follow the bloom watch here