We were SO LUCKY to be in Japan during cherry blossom season. It was amazing and insane. Everything was sakura (cherry in Japanese!) themed. Vendors set up stalls in parks, selling all kinds of treats, including fish on sticks. People picnicked under the blossoms. Temples and parks offered night time illumination events.
Even the restaurants got into it! Starbucks had a special sakura blossom menu that included special drinks, cherry blossom cake and beautiful mugs that I was unable to get my hands on. McDonalds had sakura french fries, sakura milkshake and a sakura burger. (The sakura fries were delicious.)
Here are my photos from visiting the cherry blossoms in April in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.
One year, I went to High Park and all of the cherry blossoms were gone. That was incredibly sad, so each year I make sure to follow the Cherry Blossom Watch so that I won’t miss out!
If you’ve been waiting, wait no more! The cherry blossoms have peaked and will be around for the next two weeks. Go and see them! Be careful where you park, because it can be hard to find a spot and you will get ticketed if you park in the wrong spot!
I love sakura blossoms! High Park has many cherry trees and thousands flock to see them each year. Last year I went after they bloomed and they were all dead. It was sad.
So this year, I made sure to go on time! I kept up to date with the High Park Nature Centre blog and when the bloomed last Sunday, I made plans to go that week.
I went on a Friday night, and the park was CRAMMED with people. Everywhere. Couples, families, newlyweds. All taking adorable photos with a cherry blossoms. The trees are gorgeous and the weather is nice. Brave the crowd to see the blossoms! If you drive, be careful where you park because the parking tickets are expensive. ($105!)