As spring approaches, a few select places in the world will be graced by the glorious bloom of the cherry blossoms. The tender sakura flowers are famously associated with Japan, where the annual cherry blossom season is a national treasure and a peak tourist season. The practice of cherry blossom viewing is very important to the Japanese, it even has its own word – hanami. People gather for long walks, picnics, or even boat rides at the many viewing spots across Japan, according to the forecast dates. The custom has some spiritual roots and is considered a time for reflection in Japan.
Outside of Japan, there are in fact several places around the world where you can enjoy the charm these flowers bring. Korea and Taiwan are leading destinations with quite a few outstanding cherry blossom viewing spots of their own. China also has a few.
The rare blossoms do make an appearance in a few special places in Europe, USA and Canada too. They’re so pretty we had to pull together pictures of beautiful cherry blossoms around the world! These pictures were taken by travellers like you, courtesy of Trover.
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