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10 Beautiful Places 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, 2020. Now, you can just book your Philippines to Taiwan flights, plan your itinerary, and enjoy this much-awaited season.

Located north of the Philippines and south of Korea and Japan, Taiwan is home to a cherry blossom blooming season that starts much earlier than that of Japan and Korea.

The flowers bloom for only seven to 14 days 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 and when to go if you want to enjoy these gorgeous flowers bloom:

Taiwan Cherry Blossoms Map

 

1. Wuling Farm

Best time to go: February

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 lined with cherry trees on both sides. It looks like something out of a fairy tale.

This is a great spot for a date a since this is a private area. Take note there is an entrance fee of around NTD160 during peak season and NTD130 during regular days.

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

If you have time, go on a quick day tour to nearby Lotus Forest and Sun Link Sea. If you book this tour, you’ll also get the chance to visit Japanese theme park Xitou Monster Village!

2. Broadwood Park/Lohas Park

Best time to go: Early to mid-February

Lohas Park

You don’t have to travel very far to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Given you’re in Taipei 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 to the trees in Tokyo or Osaka. They are lined along the riverside in the Neihu District, creating a picture-perfect sight.

  • Location: Taipei
  • How to get there: From the Donghu MRT Station, go 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.

Thinking of doing some exploring outside Taipei? Book a private car with an experienced driver for a hassle-free adventure!

3. Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village

Best time to go: Mid-February to mid-March

Formosa Aboriginal Cultural Village

Cherry blossoms adorn this outdoor museum that displays traditional homes and structures. You’ll feel like you’ve time-traveled to the past.

They even have a cherry blossom festival! It’s a must-see as Japanese elements 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. The entrance fee is around NTD850 for both the village and the theme park.

  • Location: Taipei
  • How to get there: 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: Early to mid-March

Tianyuan Temple

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

The contrasting quiet countryside makes it a magnificent view. The cherry blossoms enhance the majestic temple and its 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 get there: Take the MRT to the Tamsui MRT Station. From there, take a 30-minute bus ride to the New Taipei countryside just outside Taipei. You should get dropped off at the Danshui District. From there, walk to the Tianyuan Temple.

 

5. Yangmingshan National Park

Best time to go: Mid-February to mid-March

Yang Ming Shan National Park

Yangmingshan National Park is one of the most popular places to view cherry blossoms in Taiwan. In one year alone, it 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 and even the Yaezakura double-petaled blossoms.

The best places to view these cherry blossoms from are the Yangmingshan Visitor Center and the Yangmingshan Park Service Center Bus Stop.

  • Location: Between Taipei and New Taipei City
  • How to get there: Take the MRT to Jiantan Station, continue by Bus Red-5 to Yangmingshan stop. From there, take Bus No. 108 to Tourist Center stop. Take the THSR or train to Taipei Station then 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: March

There is nothing more beautiful than cherry blossoms with a scenic architectural building in the background. The North Jishi Temple’s secret forest is a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing.

Many couples get their wedding shots taken here. Who wouldn’t want dainty, pale pink cherry blossoms as background for pictures that will be kept for a lifetime?

  • Location: New Taipei
  • How to get there: Take the MRT to the Tamsui MRT Station. From there, take a 30-minute bus ride to the New Taipei countryside 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 Yangmingshan. It is located in a mountainous village 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 is no entrance fee so take as much time as you can among the cherry blossoms.

  • Location: Wulai
  • How to get there: From Taipei, take the MRT to Xindian Station via the 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.

Book Wulai Hotels here

8. Loving Farm

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. It is a great place for families or couples to retreat and recharge.

There are also a lot of bed and breakfast places that keep visitors comfortable. The amazing view of the cherry blossoms against the majestic mountainscape background is a big plus.

  • Location: Taoyuan
  • How to get there: From Taipei, take the 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: March to early April

Alishan Park

You can see the iconic Yoshino Sakura in Alishan. It may be very far from the city center, 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. 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.

Don’t worry if you miss the cherry blossoms—Alishan has other natural offerings that you can enjoy by booking tickets (and a ride!) to Alishan National Forest Recreation Area. You can even relax and sightsee while aboard the Alishan Forest Railway!

  • Location: Chiayi
  • How to get there: Travel from Taipei to Alishan by high-speed rail or 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.

Book Alishan Hotels here

10. Sheipa Leisure Farm

Best time to go: February to March

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

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 water.

  • Location: Hsinchu
  • How to get there: 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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