Now, Filipinos and tourists won’t need to book a flight to Japan to get a glimpse of this delicate flower as cherry blossom-producing trees have been planted at the Benguet-Kochi Sisterhood Park or commonly known as Sakura Park in Paoay, Atok, Benguet.
The tree species were from Japan were planted in commemoration of 40 years of strong ties between the province of Benguet and the Kochi prefecture of Japan.
In 2015, over 100 sakura trees were initially planted but only a few of them survived because it was not the right season. In 2016, two varieties of cherry blossom were again planted namely the Yakiwari Sakura, which bears pink flowers, and the Sindaya Sakura, which give off white blossoms. Over 40 of these trees were planted on that year and were expected to bloom in 3 years.
The Sakura Park is just a 2-3 hour drive away from the summer capital of Baguio city. You can join a guided tour that includes this attraction in their itinerary or by riding a van going to Atok from Baguio.
The park is situated at 2,000 meters above sea level, with cold temperatures fitting for the sakura trees to grow and bloom its flowers. It is best visited during the sprouting season from March to April.
There is a minimum entrance fee to the attraction.