The 20 Most Beautiful Places to See Cherry Blossoms around the World

Japan boasts incredible sites but you don't have to go there to see the gorgeous flowers

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The arrival of cherry blossoms is one of the first true signs that spring has sprung. The unearthly beauty of these flowers takes people’s breath away with their majestic colors and refreshing aromas.[slideshow:82750]

Even science confirms it. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on moods. A study showed that patients in hospital rooms with flowers needed less pain medication, were less tired and had lower blood pressure. A third collection of research indicated that people’s cognitive performance was better with plants inside.

The Japanese take the sakura (cherry blossom) season very seriously. For them, it’s a lot more than pretty flowers. The entire country is overwhelmed with a kind of jubilee feeling for months. There is a blossom report that appears to be more important than the weather forecast. But you don’t have to fly thousands of miles for a unique Hanami (viewing) experience if you want to have a picnic and relax surrounded by stunning blooms and colors.

While Japan’s cherry blossoms and Washington’s festival are the first places that come to mind, Sweden, Australia, and other locations in the U.S. are not far behind.

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