Travel the world chasing after cherry blossom.
April is typically peak cherry blossom month. This time of year is usually perfect for spotting the pretty pink flowers in London, but sadly we spent the entire sakura season in lockdown—much to the disappointment of our Instagram feeds.
So, instead of a roundup of London’s prettiest cherry blossom spots, we thought we’d show you something even better. This Google Earth tool will take you to some of the world’s most scenic sakura spots, recommended by locals who have reviewed them on Google Maps. So, hop onto our magic carpet—we’re about to show you a whole new world from the safety of your sofa.
From the Meguro River Cherry Blossoms Promenade in Tokyo to London’s very own Kew Gardens, this Google Earth tour will take you all over the globe, showing you all the best spots. For example, you’ll visit Miharu Takizakura, a huge, thousand-year-old sakura—one of the most treasured cherry blossom sites in Japan.
Walk the sakura-strewn streets of Paris, Brazil, Sweden and more, and take a well-needed break from the current craziness. You’ll be surprised how meditative a virtual escape can be.
We might be trapped at home for the foreseeable future, but the internet is a portal into places far and wide. Here are some more stunning spots to explore from your front room:
Also published on Medium.