Wondering Where to go to see the Cherry Blossoms in Seattle?

Each Spring, visitors want to know where they can view Japanese Cherry Trees  (aka Sakura or Hanami). Cherry Blossom Trees were a gift to the United States from Japan to symbolize the countries’ friendship. From Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, with just a hop, skip, and a drive away, you can get beautiful viewings of them at these top 5 locations:

  1. University of Washington (The Quad)
  2. Washington Park Arboretum’s Azalea Way
  3. Seward Park
  4. Jefferson Park
  5. Point Defiance Park
  6. Seattle Center

Seattle Cherry Blossoms at University Washington

 

University of Washington campus (The Quad)

3 Price brothers experiencing the beauty of Seattle Cherry Blossoms at UW Campus

The Quad in the University of Washington campus is probably the #1 spot to view Cherry Trees. The trees were originally planted in the Washington Park Arboretum around 1939, but then transplanted to UW in the 1960s, due to 520 floating bridge construction. They now line The Quad at UW. Be warned, this location is one of the most popular places to view the trees and can be crowded at times. Quad cherry blossoms expected to peak end of March, if weather cooperates. The iconic cherry trees will likely reach peak bloom the third week of March, right in line with most years. For the latest cherry tree updates, follow @uwcherryblossom on Twitter.

To get to The Quad from Seattle Southside:

Public Transportation:         Take the Link Light Rail at the SeaTac Station & arrive at the University of Washington Station. Enjoy a 15 minute walk through campus.

Car:        From I-5 N, exit 169 NE 45th ST. Please be aware that parking permits are required for all visitors on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon.

Bonus Tip: If you're unable to view the cherry blossoms in person this year then you should take a look at the University of Washington Cherry Blossom Webcam.

 

Washington Park Arboretum’s Azalea Way

Washington Park Arboretum Cherry Blosssoms

With 230 acres of gardens, including a Japanese Garden, the Arboretum is definitely a sight to see. You’ll find all types of flowers and trees there, including Cherry Trees on Azalea Way and in the Japanese Garden. Reservations are highly recommended if visiting the Japanese Garden on weekends. 

To get to the Arboretum from Seattle Southside:

Public Transportation:         Take the Link Light Rail at the SeaTac Station & arrive at University Street Station Bay A.

Transfer to Bus #255 at Bay B & arrive at SR 520 & Montlake Frwy.  

Transfer to Bus #43 at Montlake Blvd E & E Lake Washington Blvd.

Car:        From I-5 N, exit E Montlake Pl/WA-520 E. Continue onto WA-520 E, exit Montlake Blvd  

(exit before crossing floating bridge).

 

Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard, South Seattle

Cherry Blossoms in Seward Park

Seward Park is the original home of the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. Now, the festival takes place at the Seattle Center every Spring. The very first three Cherry Trees were planted in Seward Park in 1929, which were then followed by 3,500 more throughout Seattle in 1930.

To get to Seward Park from Seattle Southside:

Public Transportation:         Take the Link Light Rail at the SeaTac Station & arrive at Othello Station.

Transfer to Bus #50 at Martin Luther King Way & Myrtle Street.

Car:        From I-5 N, exit 157 ML King Way.

 

Jefferson Park, Beacon Hill, Seattle

Jefferson Park Seattle Cherry Blossoms

Jefferson Park was very popular amongst Japanese-Americans living in Seattle in the 1920s, so to celebrate the park’s 100th birthday, The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee donated 25 cherry trees to be planted at Jefferson in 2012. 

To get to Jefferson Park from Seattle Southside:

Public Transportation:         Take the Link Light Rail at the SeaTac Station & arrive at Othello Station.

Transfer to Bus #36 at Martin Luther King Way & Myrtle Street.

Car:       From I-5N, exit 163 Columbian Way.

 

Point Defiance Park – Japanese Garden, Tacoma

Point Defiance Park Japanese Garden Cherry Blossoms

The Consul General of Japan, the Honorable Kiyokazu Ota, along with the City of Kitakyushu in Japan, gifted Cherry Trees to Tacoma to celebrate the friendship they have had since 1959. They are planted in the Japanese Garden.

To get to Point Defiance Park from Seattle Southside:

Public Transportation:         Take Bus #574 at the SeaTac Station & arrive at Tacoma Dome Station Zone E.

Transfer to Bus #41 at Zone D.

Car:        From I-5S, exit 133 toward City Center. Continue onto I-705 N, exit Schuster Pkwy.

 

The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival 

The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is held annually in April at the Seattle Center. Celebrate and experience the Japanese culture through Taiko drumming, live dances and performances, arts and crafts, food, and more! 

 

Seattle Cherry Blossoms

 

Seattle Cherry Blossom FAQs

Q: Will the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival be happening in 2022?

In association with the Seattle Center, The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is scheduled to be an in-person event in 2022 running from April 8th to the 10th.

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Q: When can you see cherry blossoms in Seattle

The earliest cherry blossom start blooming along Seattle's city streets in early March with mid-March being the peak. The bloom lasts for about two weeks from late March to early April.

 

Q: Are there cherry blossoms in Seattle Washington?

Yes. There are many locations to choose from throughout the greater Seattle area to enjoy the cherry blossoms in April.

 

Q: Do Seattle's cherry blossom trees produce fruit?

No. Fruiting cherry blossoms are typically white. Most of Seattle's cherry blossom trees are an ornamental variety of Asian origin and have pink blossoms. However, elsewhere in the state several varieties of edible cherries are grown, including Rainier Cherries, Bing, Chelan, Tieton, Lapins, Skeena, Early Robin, and Regina cherries.

 

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