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Forget Tokyo | A Cherry Blossom Festival Is Taking Over Sydney This Month!

By Rachel Lay
30th Jul 2018

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If catching the cherry blossoms in Tokyo has been on your bucket list forever, then prepare to freak out, because an IRL cherry blossom festival is taking over Sydney. And you don’t even need to queue through airport security to get there. Now that’s what we call winning at life.

Running from Friday 17 August to Sunday 26 August at the Auburn Botanic Gardens, the event sold out last year, so we’re coming in early this time with plenty of notice!

If you’re a newbie to the whole cherry blossom thing, hanami is the Japanese tradition of cherry blossom viewing and it’s a big freaking deal. So, head down and make sure your phone has plenty of space for all of the pics and your stomach is ready to fill up on noms from Tsuru food truck (think all of the bao). There will also be an authentic izakaya bar serving sake, plum wine and Japanese craft beers to complete the experience. That’s not all though, guys. There will also be a SAKURA BURGER. We repeat a sakura burger! Plus, a cherry dessert gyoza and of course, taiyaki.

We must repeat—last year this sold out really, really fast. So, grab your tickets now before you miss out. The festivities kick off on Friday 17 August with a mega exclusive yozakura event (that’s nighttime cherry blossom viewing for the uninitiated) which is just for VIPs. So get that ticket stat, guys!

You can also catch sumo wrestling and take a selfie with Hello Kitty—did someone say kawaii?

Get your tickets here before they sell out.

Editor’s note: this article was produced in partnership with Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival. Thank you for supporting the partners who make The Urban List possible. To read our editorial policy click here.

Image credit: Unsplash. 

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