While all spring flowers are gorgeous and bring a smile to your face after the greyness of winter, there’s something magical about cherry blossom. I’m lucky to have a single, beautiful cherry tree in my garden, but if you don’t, head to one of these cherry blossom festivals for an eyeful.
1. Himeji Castle Cherry Blossom Viewing Festival Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
There's nothing quite like visiting a cherry blossom festival in Japan. Held against the backdrop of a gleaming white feudal hilltop castle that dates back to the early 14th century and is a genuine UNESCO World Heritage Site, the festival can easily be reached by taking the Sanyo rail line from Osaka, a ca. 60-mile journey. The 3-day festival includes performances by traditional drum and harp musicians, specialty food stalls, a ceremonial tea service, and the sight of thousands of illuminated cherry trees at night.