Spring is here and it’s officially cherry blossom season in our neighbouring countries blessed with a cooler climate. A lot of these countries often have festivals dedicated for these flowers. Japan, especially, has a tradition called hanami, where they have parties and picnics beneath the sakura to appreciate its transient beauty. If you want to join in the flower viewing fun and see the delicate petals open up in bloom, you might want to visit these places around Asia on your next spring trip.
Japan: Shingashi River, Kawagoe
Of course, Japan is number one when we’re talking about cherry blossoms. Having popularised the flowers and the tradition, the country undeniably has lots of places where visitors can watch the blooms. In particular, Kawagoe, dubbed the Little Edo near Tokyo for its old warehouses and merchant homes, has this little spot by the Shingashi River where crowds gather to watch the flowering cherry trees. During spring, you can take a boat ride down the calm waters at the back of the Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine and be in awe of the pink blossoms towering above you.