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Five Stunning Sakura Spots Outside of Japan
13 Mar 2019PLACESBY SweetEscape

When it comes to sakura, probably Japan with its' many sakura-covered cites such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka is the first thing that comes to your mind. However, with Japan being the go-to destination for cherry blossom season, your experience in Japan might be less-ideal because sakura spots might get too crowded, not to mention the soaring prices for tickets and accomodations!

But don't worry, we've got you covered! Here are five stunning alternative destinations for you to enjoy cherry blossom peacefully outside of Japan!

1. Seoul, South Korea

by Minho for SweetEscape in Seoul

Annyeong! Just a short distance across the strait from Japan lies South Korea, which is just as charming when it comes to blooming sakura. As a cherry blossom viewing destination that is growing in popularity, there are plenty of exciting spots in Seoul for you to take in the sakura experience to the fullest. There’s the Yeouido Cherry Blossoms with its over 1.500 trees and the much-anticipated Spring Flower Festival, there’s also the impressive Seoul Children Grand Park, Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom, Seoul Forest, Changgyeonggung Palace and many more!

South Korea’s cherry blossoms forecast typically gets released in March with blooming period lasting for about 10 days. Time your visit well and experience a unique cherry blossom experience in Seoul!

2. Washington DC, USA

by Joy for SweetEscape in Washington DC
by Joy for SweetEscape in Washington DC

Back in 1912, Japan donated 3.000 cherry trees to the nation’s capital of America. To this day, the well-cared-for trees still bloom every March as the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held. Washington DC offers a few popular spots to catch the gorgeous view of cherry blossoms, including the Tidal Basin, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. There are also small clusters of trees that you can find along the National Mall and Washington Monument. The entire blooming period of Sakura here can last up to 14 days but may vary from year to year, so make sure to do your research before going there!

3. Paris, France

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by Lisa for SweetEscape in Paris

You probably never thought of Paris as one of the best places in the world to see cherry blossoms, but when you visit the City of Light from the end of March to early April, you’d immediately see what you’ve been missing! Walk along the base of the Eiffel Tower all the way to the École Militaire to take some beautiful cherry blossom pictures with the famed landmark in the background, visit Notre Dame’s south façade, Petit Palais, Square Gabriel Pierné, Jardin des Plantes, or even individual trees scattered throughout the city that you can find by chance, so get ready for an exciting experience in Paris!

4. Taichung, Taiwan

by Wei for SweetEscape in Taichung

Arguably the locals' most favorite city, Taichung is a wonder of its own. In Taichung you can find a good mix of modern landscapes of Taiwan and classical teahouses, old temples and other remnants of its’ colonial past, and of course you can also find a gallery of areas covered in nothing but heavenly pink cherry blossoms. Simply plan a trip to Taichung in early March and come to Wuling Veteran’s Farm, Dongshi Forest Park, and Xinse Cherry Blossom Trails, among many others.

5. Shanghai, China

by Kevin for SweetEscape in Shanghai
by Kevin for SweetEscape in Shanghai

Shanghai is actually just one of the many cities in China where beautiful sakura trees await your visit. Beijing and Guangzhou are two other sakura destinations to go during springtime. In Shanghai, Gucun Park is the largest cherry forrest with nearly ten thousands of cherry trees covering the ground, a simply must-go destination for your sakura viewing trip! Don’t forget to stop by Shanghai Botanical Garden, Chenshan Botanical Gardens, Lu Xun Park, Century Park, Daning Park, or even Shanghai Disneyland to complete your cherry blossom experience in China!

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by Olga for SweetEscape in Paris

Whether you go to Japan or other places this Spring, don't forget to make your Sakura moments memorable! SweetEscape connects you to 2000+ photographers in more than 500 cities around the world to take great photos and capture every moment of you! For this Sakura season, get US$100 off your next booking by using the code: JOYOFSPRING when you check out, and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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Congratulations! Five Ideas For Your Graduation Photo Shoot
18 Jul 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

Congratulations, Graduants! After years of grueling work and many sleepless nights studying, you're finally graduated! Taking photos to immortalize one of your biggest achievements in life is a necessity, but sometimes you might feel that taking the same old poses at the same old locations might be boring. Worry not, for we have compiled five ideas for your graduation shoots this year!

1. Campus Love

by Louis for SweetEscape in Melbourne
by Nicholaus for SweetEscape in San Francisco

You spent days, nights, months and years in this space studying and working, but (most-importantly) you made new friends in the campus that would last forever. What better way to make the memories last forever than to capture your graduation shots right there at the place where very corner holds a special memory of your journey together.

2. Go Downtown

by Haris for SweetEscape in New York

As much as you spent your days in the campus, there must be nights and days where you walk and explore the city where you study, especially if you're studying overseas or in a different city. Walk down memory lane through your favourite shopping streets or the city's famous restaurant alley and capture your graduation photos in those spots.

3. Famous Landmarks!

by Haris for SweetEscape in New York

Especially for you who go to school in world-famous or historic cities, you might want to take your graduation shots at the city's famous landmark. A picture speaks a thousand words and nothing tells a better university-life story than a picture (or lots of it) in London's Tower Bridge and Big Ben, NYC's Brooklyn Bridge and Liberty Island, or Tokyo Tower. Trust us, the picture will turn into a treasure to show your children in the future!

4. Single Fighter vs #SquadGoals

by William S. for SweetEscape in Jakarta
by Greta for SweetEscape in Los Angeles

Friends are always needed to help you go through the rougher times of your college life, and capturing your graduation together with great photos is always a great way to make your friendship more memorable. However, as much as you enjoyed your time with your squad, there are always times when you had to fight your way through classes and lectures on your own. Celebrating your success in going through that and coming out on top with a solo photoshoot is not a bad idea!

5. Because You Loved Me

by Michelle for SweetEscape in Toronto
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By the time we graduated, we must have realized that our journey through college would never be possible without the support and love of our loved ones, be it our parents back home, or our significant others that supported us day to day, near or far. Celebrate your graduation by taking great photos with these most important people in your lives!

by Andrew for SweetEscape in Melbourne

Wherever and whomever you want to take your graduation photos with, let SweetEscape capture the moment for you! We capture any occasion, any time, anywhere by connecting you to a growing network of photographers in 500+ cities around the world, and your photos will be ready for download in 48 hours after the session via the SweetEscape app and our website. Book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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