Every year, tourists from all over the world go to Japan to witness the blooming of their snow-white national flower, cherry blossoms.
But good news for Filipinos, a park that features cherry blossoms will be opening to campers soon.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the bond between Japan’s Kochi prefecture and Benguet province, over 30 cherry blossom seedlings were planted at a mountaintop park in Atok, Benguet.
Atok is about a three-hour drive from Baguio City, one of the places in the Philippines where the temperature is just right for the tiny pink flowers to flourish.
Sakura, as Japanese calls it, is considered one of the most beautiful flowers in the world, making the Sakura season in Japan one of the most anticipated events. With sakura seedlings being cultivated in the Philippines, Filipinos will no longer need to get a plane ticket to Japan to witness the majestic sight.
According to reports, this is not the first time the Kochi prefecture and Japanese embassy planted cherry blossom seeds in the Philippines. In November 2015, they initially propagated more than a hundred cherry blossoms, but most of them did not survive because the time was inappropriate.
The sakura trees are expected to bloom after three years.
Source: Philstar Image: Ivo Deals Travel and Tour