I don’t know about you but I seem to add things to my bucket list and then never cross things off. One of the things on my bucket list is to go to Japan to see the cherry blossoms (Sakura). Little did I know just how popular the cherry blossoms in Copenhagen are! In the park just outside our apartment here in Copenhagen, each tree has a plaque with information about its danish name, its Latin name and some information about the specific variety of tree. From our window, I can see two cherry trees. At first I wasn’t sure that’s what they were but then when we were passing a few days ago I checked the plaques and was very excited to find that they are Yoshino Sakura. So they are proper Japanese Cherry Blossoms.
The cherry blossom (or sakura) is the national flower of Japan. In Japanese culture they symbolise clouds. The blossoms are beautiful but flower for such a short season, it’s definitely a reason to fit in going to see them as soon as you can.
It’s such a thing in Japan that the Japanese Meterological Agency actually has a Blossom Forecast (Sakura Zensen) where they give out information about when is the best day to go and view the blossoms. The Japanese have a concept called ‘Hanami’ which translates as ‘flower viewing’ and the idea is to take a picnic and go with friends or family and have a picnic under the blossoms and enjoy them while you can.
Chris had told me about the blossoms and that I really should go and see them while I had the chance. He’d seen how excited I’d got over the blossoms outside our window, of course I was going to see others if I had the chance.
The two main places to view them in Copenhagen is Bispebjerg Kirkegaard and Langelinie Park. They are both free to enter.
The avenue of trees here is very popular so you want to try and get there earlier in the day. I visited around 8:30/9 am after dropping Rex off at nursery and it was quite quiet – still quite a few people but not heaving as I’ve seen in some Instagram Posts.
You can enter the Kirkegård at the main entrance and take a wander through the grounds and find the avenue of trees. The other option is to do the leg work outside of the Kirkegård and then enter by one of the smaller gates. I was on my bike and so it was easier to enter by the closest gate. If you head along Støvmæs Allé from Skoleholdervej there is a gate on your right which will take you right into the avenue of trees. (Google seems to have mixed results on where to find this but the pin says “Kirsebærtræer Bispebjerg” and it currently labelled as a hospital).
Bispebjerg Kirkegård, Frederiksborgvej 125, 2400 København NV (See pin on Google Maps)
I’ve been up to Langelinie to see Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid) but haven’t actually explored the park any more than that. This is where a few other blog posts and Instagram come in handy. Near the Maritime Memorial and Den Lille Havfrue statue, there is a whole cluster of cherry trees with lots of blossoms.
This coming weekend the park host the Copenhagen Sakura Festival (Website). There are lots of interesting things, the Mochi serving on Sunday certainly caught my eye but there are so many things on across the weekend.
Langlinie Park, Langeliniekaj 2, 2100 København Ø
These aren’t the only locations across the city. There are a number of locations with odd tress rather than a whole avenue like Bispebjerg. These include:
- Islands Brygge,
- Botanical Gardens