If you are looking for the best places to see cherry blossoms in Taiwan, this post is for you!
Despite being somewhat of an underrated contender for cherry blossom viewing, Taiwan is actually a fantastic destination to see dreamy blooms!
During cherry blossom season, the island turns into a wonderland filled with all kinds of blossoms and loads of places to see them. In fact, you’ll probably be surprised to learn just how many places there are to see cherry blossoms in Taiwan!
To help you find the best sakura viewing spots to tick off on your Taiwan itinerary, I’ve narrowed down the dreamiest spots for you here.
Ready to be tickled pink? Grab a cup of sakura tea, and let’s go!
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Taiwan Spring Travel Tips
Before you kickstart an epic Taiwan sakura journey, here are a few tips to help you plan a stress-free trip.
- Make sure to book accommodation well in advance as hotels fill up quickly during cherry blossom season.
- Taiwan has an excellent transport network including buses, trains, a high-speed rail, you name it! However, if you plan to visit touristy spots, it’s best to book train tickets in advance (up to 14 days).
- It’s a good idea to pick up an Easy Card. That way, you can simply tap-and-go on buses, local trains, and the MRT.
- The weather during spring in Taiwan can still be quite chilly. Pack warm clothes, especially if you plan to visit mountainous areas like Nantou or Alishan.
- If you’re traveling from abroad, don’t forget travel insurance. World Nomads is my go-to provider and it only takes a few clicks to get covered.
When is Taiwan Cherry Blossom Season
Unlike other cherry blossom spots in Asia, Taiwan has no official cherry blossom forecast, which makes planning a trip around sakura season a bit more tricky. While blooming times vary slightly every year, the best time to see cherry blossoms in Taiwan is generally from January to early April.
If you’re planning your trip specifically around cherry blossom season, take note of the viewing times included below.
Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Taiwan
Springtime is a magical time in Tawain and one that you definitely won’t want to miss. So without further ado, here are 7 of the ABSOLUTE best cherry blossom viewing spots in Taiwan!
Alishan Forest Recreation Area
Alishan is a beautiful mountaintop recreational area tucked away among lush forests filled with towering sacred trees and rolling tea farms. Besides being famous for its spectacular sunrises, old forest railway, and countless hiking trails, it’s also one of the top places to see cherry blossoms in Taiwan.
Alishan is so famous for its sakura that there’s even an annual Alishan Cherry Blossom Festival! The festival usually kicks off around mid-March and runs through early April. However, since flowering depends on the weather, it’s best to keep an eye on the Alishan cherry blossom forecast here.
During the festival, spring flowers blanket large parts of the area. With more than 19,000 cherry trees in the area (mostly Yoshino cherry trees), you certainly won’t need to wander far to spot beautiful blossoms. With that said, the best sakura viewing points are near the Alishan Ranger Station, Magnolia Garden, Cherry Blossom Trail, and the Alishan Police Station.
Since Alishan is located at an elevation of more than 2000 meters, getting there is an adventure in itself. But one that’s well worth tackling! Read my super detailed Alishan guide, which includes everything from how to get there to what to do!
Best time to go: mid-March to mid-April
Suggested tours: Discover Alishan tour
Where to stay: Alishan House
Sakura Lane in Shizhuo
Roughly 40 minutes from Alishan is the quaint little town of Shizhuo. While Shizhuo is famous for rolling hills covered in Alishan high mountain oolong tea plantations, there is another reason to visit. And that’s cherry blossoms!
The Sakura Lane, in particular, is a great spot to see blooming flowers. It’s lined with dozens of cherry trees and offers incredible scenery no matter which way you turn. The walkway overlooks not only sweeping tea plantations but also Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. Besides being amazingly beautiful, it’s also an easy add-on to any Alishan itinerary.
Best time to go: mid-March to mid-April.
Suggested tours: 1,2 or 3 day Alishan tour
Where to stay: Shan Ming Show B&B
For picture-perfect views of dreamy cherry trees, you don’t need to look much further than Qingjing Farm in Nantou County. Located roughly 1700 meters above sea level, Qingjing is a cute little town tucked away on one of Taiwan’s 100 peaks, Hehuanshan. While Qingjing Farm is mostly known for its flocks of sheep grazing along the farm’s slopes, it’s a great place for Taiwan cherry blossom viewing.
There are several scenic blossom viewing spots, with the Sakura Trail and Guanshan Trail offering the best photo opportunities. For more info, read my detailed guides on visiting Qingjing and this guide on how to get there.
Best time to go: mid-January to early March
Suggested tours: Cingjing Farm Day tour from Taichung
Where to stay: The Cotswolds Villa
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Although Sun Moon Lake is a must-visit place in Taiwan any time of year, springtime is a fantastic time to visit!
Taiwan’s largest lake is revered for its natural beauty, excellent outdoor activities, vibrant indigenous culture and stunning blooms during spring. For the best cherry blossom viewing, hop in a cable car to the Formosan Culture Village. It’s a short ride but offers mind-blowing views over the lake and blossoming trees below. Once you reach the cultural village, you’ll be greeted with a sea of sakura and loads to keep you busy!
Since the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village hosts one of the largest sakura festivals in Taiwan, it’s best to have accommodation and tickets booked well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Best time to go: February – March
Suggested tours: Formosa Aboriginal Cultural Village Ticket
Where to stay: Shaoguang 188
Combine a beautiful temple with dozens of blossoming cherry trees, and you’ve got yourself the perfect add-on to any Taipei itinerary during spring.
Wuji Tianyuan Temple is a gorgeous Taoist Temple located just 30 minutes from Taipei City. Even though the temple and massive pagoda are well worth a browse, the main attraction is undeniable, the myriad of blooming Yoshino cherry trees.
Right behind the grand pagoda, you’ll be greeted with the most exquisite setting under the sun. Not to mention, too many wow moments to count! Be sure to check out my complete guide on Tianyuan Temple.
Best time to go: early February to early March
Where to stay: Happiness.danshui
If there is one place you have to visit during springtime, it is Wuling Farm!
What really sets Wuling Farm apart from other Taiwan blossom spots is its sheer amount of cherry trees. The massive farm located in Heping District, Taichung, is home to a whopping 30,000 cherry trees! These include Taiwan cherry, Oshima cherry, Yaezakura cherry, and the Wusheh cherry. Some of the best flower viewing spots include the Peach Garden, Wuling Road, and Tea Garden Trail.
Just a heads up, since Wuling Farm is a popular attraction during spring, the government usually caps the number of daily visitors. For this reason, it’s best to join an organized tour to guarantee access. The Wuling Farm Cherry Blossom Festival usually runs between mid-February to early March.
Best time to go: mid-February to early March
Suggested tours: Wuling Farm Day Trip
Where to stay: See the beautiful sky in ROOF-SKY
Hsinchu Park is located right in the heart of Hsinchu City. As a result, it is one of the most accessible cherry blossoms viewing spots in Taiwan!
The park houses more than 800 cherry trees ranging from Kawazu-Sakura Cherry and Fuji Cherry to Double-Layered Cherry and Taiwan Cherry. Besides enjoying a gentle stroll, be sure to pop into the traditional Japanese tea house near the pond and the Glass Museum. If you’re visiting with kids, the newly renovated Hsinchu Zoo is also adjacent to the park.
Best time to go: February
Where to stay: Fleur Lis Hotel
There you have it – the absolute best spots to see Taiwan cherry blossoms! If you feel I’ve missed anything or have another great place to see blooms, let me know in the comments below!
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