It’s not necessary to travel all the way to Japan in order to admire the bright pink flowers of the famous Japanese Cherry tree, sakura. These miraculous trees grow in Europe, too, namely in Uzhgorod, the capital of Transcarpathia.
In late April – early May, a large number of travellers from Ukraine and abroad try to plan their itinerary so as to spend at least a couple of days in Uzhgorod. It’s during this time of the year that the city turns into a magic garden filled with the fantastic aroma of blossoming Japanese Cherries. Zankovetska, Mytna, March 8th streets and the Svobody avenue are all filled with people enjoying the cherry blossoms and taking pictures.
Sakura blossoms for two weeks. If you arrive to Uzhgorod closer to the end of the blossoming period, you’ll see the snowstorm of petals falling off the trees, circling in the air and carpeting the ground all around in pink.
There are a lot of tales about how Japanese Cherries arrived to Uzhgorod. According to one of them, back in the 16th century, an important trade route from Far East to West passed through Uzhgorod. One day, a few locals noticed saplings of a plant that looked like regular cherry on the travellers’ carts. So . . . → Read More: Symphony in Pink, or The Story of the Japanese Cherries in Uzhgorod