So many things are in store this season! While the month of February brings us Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, and a host of local festivals, March and April usher in the summer season, and in some parts of the world, spring or the sakura season.
Seeing cherry blossoms is included in almost everyone’s travel bucket list, for obvious reasons. If you’re yet to tick it off yours, now’s the best time to plan your vacation! Here are the best spots to visit in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan where you can enjoy the lovely sight of cherry blossoms.
This is the best time to visit Taiwan since the country has lifted its visa restrictions on Filipino tourists. According to Tripzilla, you can see cherry blossoms in Taiwan from January to mid-April this year. However, predicting the specific period that you’ll see the cherry blossoms is tricky, and it also depends on each place you visit. Make sure to watch out for forecasts and head to these spots, according to Tripzilla: Alishan National Scenic Area (late January to mid April), Pingjing St Lane 42, Taipei (late January to mid February), Wuling Farm (mid February to early March), Tianyuan Temple, Danshui (mid February to mid March), Yangminshan National Park (mid February to mid March), and Wulai Scenic Area (late February to early March).
You have a number of cities to choose from where you can see cherry blossoms when you visit Japan. According to HomeAway by Expedia, cherry blossoms will be in full bloom in Tokyo from March 26 to April 10. Among the popular sakura viewing spots in the city are Asukayama Park, Inokashira Park, Koishikawa Botanical Garden, Yoyogi Park, and Sumida Park.
In Fukouka, the best time to visit is from March 31 to April 7. Don’t miss the Fukuoka Castle and Atago Shrine for your sakura viewing.
Kyoto, meanwhile, brings you the popular blooms on April 5 to April 11. Head to The Philosopher’s Path at Higashiyama to enjoy the wonderful sight of cherry blossoms.
At Nagoya, visiting Nagoya Castle won’t disappoint as the place is expected to be filled with cherry blossoms on April 3 to April 11.
Just like Japan, you’ll be spoilt for choice on cherry blossoms viewing spots in South Korea. According to Tripzilla, the sakura season can be observed from April 6 to April 13 in Seoul. Don’t miss the Yeouido Spring Flower Festival in Yeouiseo-ro Street as well as the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival.
Don’t want to bother with visa application? Head to Jeju Island instead, which Filipinos can enter visa-free. Visit from March 23 to March 30 for the Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival in Seogwipo to see the famous island covered in pink blooms!
If you choose to fly to Incheon though, time your visit from April 9 to April 15 to catch the Incheon Grand Park Cherry Blossom Festival. Other places to visit in Korea for sakura viewing are Bamboo Forest in Gwangju, Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do, Yongyeonsa Temple Cherry Blossom Street in Daegu, Jijeo-dong Cherry Blossom Tunnel, and more.