You don’t need to go to Japan to catch a glimpse of its world-famous cherry blossom trees – and even if you did, you might miss them completely. Only in bloom for around two weeks, cherry blossom (‘sakura’ in Japanese) bloom in the springtime – which in the Northern Hemisphere means between April and May. And while there are forecasts online that help you plan your visit to coincide with cherry blossom festival (‘hanami’) the unpredictability of the flowers means you could travel across the world and still miss them.
However, over the centuries, the cherry blossom trees that are native to Japan and other Asian countries have spread throughout the world, taking root alongside native varieties in Europe, North America and even the Southern Hemisphere. To help you catch those resplendent pops of pink and white no matter where you are, we’ve scoured the globe for other places to see sakura in bloom all year round. From New York’s Cherry Blossom Festival to Stockholm’s körsbärsträden, here are the very best places to see cherry blossoms around the world. While, of course, you can see them here in Beijing
as well, check out these spots for year-round blossom spotting. You’ll be in the pink once you’re done with these.
By Alim Kheraj and Alyx Gorman