If catching the cherry blossoms in Tokyo has been on your bucket list forever, then brace yourselves for all the flower antics right here in Sydney.
This year, our very own massive Cherry Blossom Festival is all about celebrating Japan’s foodie traditions, cherry blossoms (obviously) and health and wellness practices like a casual dose of “forest bathing”.
The festival will be held over nine days and there’s a heap of events to get around including the Hanami festivities. Here you’ll find the Cherry Food Village packed with feeds like an actual bento box inspired by the Cherry Blossom Festival. There’s also an izakaya bar serving sake and Japanese craft beer like Coedo and cherry blossom-infused sake because, why not?
As for exploring the cherry blossoms, you’ll want to hit The Cherry Trail for all the Instagram ops and The Zen Zone located in the Garden’s Billabong Area where you’ll get to peacefully load up on Japanese arts and crafts and origami workshops. To really zen out, you’ll want to make your way to the Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing forest where you’ll learn everything about gentle mindfulness and reducing stress.
If you’re keen for more action, then the anime laser tag should be your go-to or soak up Gudetama stories at the Lazy Cinema.
Tickets are available here.
What: Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
When: Saturday 17 August through Sunday 25 August
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens
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Image credit: Timothy Ries.