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10 Beautiful Places Where and When to See Cherry Blossoms in Taiwan

Want to see the cherry blossoms in Taiwan this year? It’s a good thing the visa-free entry for Filipinos is extended until July 31, 2019. Now, you can just book your flight to Taiwan, plan your itinerary, and enjoy this much-awaited season.

Located above the Philippines and at the bottom of Korea and Japan, there is a cherry blossom blooming season here that starts much earlier than Japan and Korea.

The flowers bloom for only 7-10 day, 14 days max, before wilting and falling off the trees. So if you want to get a glimpse of these pink blooms you’ll have to plan your trip carefully.

Check out where you should head over, and when to go, if you want to enjoy these gorgeous flowers bloom.

 

 

 

1. Wuling Farm

Best time to go: Mid February to Early March

Wuling Farm

If you want to avoid the crowds of Taipei, Wuling Farm is the way to go. Not many people know about this place, so you can enjoy the cherry blossoms without tons of people around.

The best feature is the romantic pathway with the cherry trees lining it on either side. It looks like something out of a fairy tale story.

This is a great spot for a date a since this is a private area. Take note there is an entrance fee of P300 during peak season, and P220 during regular days.

  • Location: Taichung
  • How to go: At Taipei, go to the Taipei City Hall Bus Station. From there take a 1570 express bus for the Luodong Transfer Station. From there, take the 1764 bus to Lishan then get dropped off at Wuling Farm.

 

2. Broadwood Park/Lohas Park

Best time to go: February

Lohas Park

You don’t have to travel very far to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Given you’re in Taiwan early during the blooming season, you’ll get to see the cherry blossoms at Broadwood Park.

The trees are set up in a very similar  arrangement like the trees in Tokyo or Osaka. They are lined up at the riverside in the Neihu District. This creates the perfect place to get an IG worthy shot.

  • Location: Taipei
  • How to go: From the Donghu MRT Station, got to Exit 3 and follow the elevated railroad tracks of the Taipei Metro until you reach Donghu Road. From there walk up to the end of the road to reach the park.

 

3. Formosa Aboriginal Village

Best time to go: Mid February to Early March

Formosa Aboriginal Cultural Village

Take yourself out of modern time and travel into the past at the Formosa Aboriginal Village. The cherry blossoms adorn this outdoor museum that displays traditional homes and structures. You’ll feel like you’ve time traveled to the past.

To add up to the experience, they have a cherry blossom festival. It’s a must see as, just for the festival, Japanese culture like rickshaws, Taiko drums, and Yukata rentals are used to recreate an EDO style Japanese village.

There is also a theme park in the vicinity which makes for a full day of fun! Entrance fee is around P 1,400.00 for bothe the village and the theme park.

  • Location: Taipei
  • How to go: Take the train from Taipei to Taichung Southbound. Then take the bus from HSR Taichung Station to Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village 6670A.

Book a Taiwan High Speed Rail pass here

 

4. Tianyuan Temple

Best time to go: Mid February to Mid March

Tianyuan Temple

Locals will recommend the Taiyuan Temple right off the bat. This majestic Taoist pagoda temple is situated outside the busy city.

The contrasting quiet countryside makes it a magnificent view. The cherry blossoms enhance the majestic temple and it’s grand interior.

Apart from the cherry blossoms there are so many other flower species in the garden that are beautiful to look at as well.

  • Location: Danshui/New Taipei
  • How to go: Take the MRT to the Tamsui MRT Station. From there take a 30-minute bus ride to the countryside New Taipei just outside Taipei. You should get dropped off at the Danshui District. From there walk to the Tianyuan Temple.

 

5. Yang Ming Shan National Park

Best time to go: Mid February to Early March

Yang Ming Shan National Park

The Yang Ming Shan National Park is one of the most popular places to view cherry blossoms in Taiwan. In fact, a couple of years back, the park was visited by over a million tourists.

This is thanks to the many different variants of cherry blossoms at the park. There are Yoshino blossoms, Showa blossoms, and even the Yaezakura double petaled blossoms.

The best places to get a view is at the Yang Ming Shan Visitor Center and the Yang Ming Shan Park Service Center Bus Stop.

  • Location: between Taipei and New Taipei City
  • How to go: Take the MRT to Jiantan Station, continue by Bus Red-5 to Yangmingshan stop. Then take Bus No. 108 to Tourist Center stop. 3. Take the THSR or train to Taipei Station, continue by Bus No. 260 to Yangmingshan stop.

Book your Yangminshan National Park & Hot Spring Tour here

 

6. North Jishi Temple

Best time to go: Mid February to Mid March

There is nothing more beautiful than cherry blossoms with a scenic architecture building background. The North Jishi Temple has something called the “Secret forest” is a popular spot.

This cherry blossom abundant area is where many couples get their wedding shots taken. Who wouldn’t want dainty, pale pink cherry blossoms as a background for pictures that will be kept for a lifetime.

  • Location: New Taipei
  • How to go: Take the MRT to the Tamsui MRT Station. From there take a 30-minute bus ride to the countryside New Taipei just outside Taipei. You should get dropped off at the Danshui District.

Check out Things to Do around Danshui

 

7. Wulai Scenic Area

Best time to go: Mid February to Early March

Wulai
Editorial credit: RayVolution / Shutterstock.com

The Wulai Scenic Area is your next best option if you don’t want to travel to Yang Ming Shan. It is located in a mountainous village filled with rich indigenous culture, natural hot springs, and delicious traditional food.

The cherry blossoms may be what makes your experience magical, but it is the total disconnect to city life that makes it a healing trip.

There isn’t any entrance fee so take as much time as you can among the cherry blossoms.

  • Location: Wulai
  • How to go: From Taipei, take the MRT to Xindian Station (Xindian line). Take Bus 849 at the bus stop in front of the station, just behind the Information Counter, next to the taxis. Wulai is the last stop.

 

8. Loving Farm Lalushan

Best time to go: March

Loving Farm

Get away from the noisy city life and bask in the pastel pink flurry of the Loving Farm Lalushan. It is a great place for families or couples to retreat and recharge.

There are also a lot of bed and breakfast that keep visitors comfortable. Plus, who would skip the amazing view of the cherry blossoms against the majestic mountainscape background.

The entrance fee may vary as people can further enjoy by staying overnight for PHP3,500.

  • Location: Taoyuan
  • How to go: From Taipei take high speed rail train to Taoyuan. From there get a cab to take you to Loving Farm.

 

9. Alishan National Scenic Area

Best time to go: Late January to Mid April

Alishan Park

You can see the iconic Yoshino Sakura, also known as Sakura, in Alishan. It may be very far from the city central but heading to the countryside is both a healing and relaxing experience.

You can view the pastel pink clouds of cherry blossoms from the Alishan highway, and get an even more scenic view at the trees lining the Alishan Forest Railway.

The best part is that there are many variants in this area so you can enjoy the cherry blossoms for a longer period of time.

  • Location: Chiayi
  • How to go: Travel from Taipei to Alishan by High Speed Rail or by normal train. If you took the HSR, you’ll need to get to the Chiayi TRA Station, located in downtown Chiayi. You can either take a taxi or a shuttle bus. The shuttle bus is easy to locate as there are English signs in the station. From the Chiayi Bus Station (next to the train station), you can take a bus all the way to Alishan.

Book your High Speed Rail Pass here
Check out these hotels in Alishan if you’re planning to stay overnight

 

10. Sheipa Leisure Farm

Best time to go: March (Late February to Early April)

It looks like you’ve been transported to Europe, but you’re still in Taiwan. The Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu, is a located 1,923 meters above sea level.

Sure, the March cherry blossoms are a spectacle, but the misty mountain sunrise view is just as breathtaking. You’ll feel like you’re swimming amongst the clouds.

Best to stay at the Qingquan Hot Spring where they have therapeutic mineral waters. Entrance for a public bath pool is around PHP250 and the Indoor Onsen is around PHP930 for two.

  • Location: Hsinchu
  • How to go: From the Taipei bus station take the 1820 bus to Zhudong, Hsinchu. Walk for a bit to the Zhudong bus station and take either the 0079 or 5630 bus to Qingquankou. From there take a taxi to the Sheipa Leisure Farm.

 

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