February 8, 2020 | 4 Minutes

Where to See Cherry Blossoms

Catch the Magic of Cherry Blossoms

Let your next vacation sweep you into a wonderland adorned with flowering cherry blossoms

As a Member, you can capture incredible cherry blossom memories — and photos — using your Club Points. Visit historic sites sprinkled with floral backdrops in Japan or Washington, D.C.

Natural Beauty in Japan

You can use your Club Points to stay in several Hotels and Luxury Residences through the Explorer Collection. Mid-January marks the first cherry blossom bloom, which you can catch during a visit to Okinawa at the Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa, your central location will give you easy access to other parts of the island. Nago Central Park is one of the best viewing spots, known for its array of more than 20,000 cherry blossom trees.

The Tokyo Marriott Hotel offers both polished service and a premier hilltop location in Gotenyama, home of the Gotenyama Cherry Blossom Festival. Lanterns and parasols decorate rows of the trees for thecelebration, lighting up a spectacular scene after sunset. While in Toyko, take a cherry blossom tour, where you’ll walk along the moat of the Imperial Palace.

For a more personalized experience, you can embark on a cherry blossom secrets tour in Osaka. You’ll be matched with a host based on your interests and enjoy a traditional Japanese picnic with a guided tour of the best viewing spots. While in town, stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station. Located just steps from the famous Shin-Osaka Train Station, you’ll enjoy convenient transportation to nearby cities like Kyoto, where you can take a day-long cherry blossom tour.

History in Washington, D.C.

Plantings of the cherry trees in the United States capital date back to 1912, when the mayor of Tokyo gifted approximately 3,000 cherry trees to the United States to celebrate the friendship between the Japanese and American people. Now the pink and white blossoms draw visitors to Washington D.C. each spring.

To view the iconic trees in full bloom, plan a visit during the Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from March to April each year. In 2020, The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is scheduled for Saturday, April 4; The Blossom Kite Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 28; and PetalPalooza at The Wharf (with fireworks) will be Saturday, April 11. You can use Club Points to reserve accommodations at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower, Washington, D.C., nestled on the seventh floor of The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection®.  Or, redeem Marriott Bonvoy Points for stays at dozens of hotels in the city.

The nearby Tidal Basin draws the most visitors each year, showcasing a scene of exquisite blossoms with sparkling waters. Take in the view from a Tidal Basin paddleboat or book a cherry blossom tour with Marriott Vacation Club® Activities powered by PlacePass. You’ll see where history merges with natural beauty at the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and more.

You can also view the cherry blossoms at The Japanese Lantern, a carved monument honoring the third Shogun of the Tokugawa period. Each year, the lantern is lit by the Cherry Blossom Princess representing the embassy of Japan.

To avoid crowds, consider strolling along the Hains Point Loop Trail, a 4-mile strip with waterfront backdrops and shade provided by the canopies of 10 unique species of the celebrated trees. In addition, the blossoms at the U.S. National Arboretum in Northeast D.C. peak at different times than the Tidal Basin, giving you a chance to visit without heavy foot traffic.

Can’t make it to Japan or Washington D.C. this spring?  The fleeting explosion of cherry blossoms is celebrated in other parts of the world. You may be able to reserve a cherry blossom tour at a destination near you through Marriott Vacation Club Activities powered by PlacePass.

Reserve Your Stay

  • Members can use Club Points to make a reservation at these properties. Contact Member Services to check availability or make a reservation.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Points may be redeemed at hotels in this location. To search for availability and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points, log in to Marriott.com. Remember when you reserve five consecutive nights, you’ll only be charged for four.