Originally, we were planning to be in Japan during cherry blossoms season. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be in Japan during cherry blossoms season?! Apparently everyone wants to be in Japan at that time! So when we began looking for flights and accommodations, everything was either too expensive or already sold out. Not to worry though, there are lots of other places to see cherry blossoms. And in Jinhae, South Korea (about a one-hour bus ride from Busan) they even have a festival.
On Ben’s birthday, April 7, we took a day trip to Jinhae for the Cherry Blossoms Festival. This event lasts about ten days in early April, and it is a pretty big deal for the local economy. Jinhae is not normally a major tourism destination – this is their chance each year to capitalize on large numbers of visitors. Needless to say, Jinhae merchants salivate at the chance to make a few extra bucks, so we weren’t surprised to notice a LOT of food and souvenir vendors who were a little extra pushy.
The cherry blossoms did not disappoint. They really are beautiful. And of course, they make an excellent backdrop for pictures. The weather was good that day too. It didn’t rain much, but it was overcast all day which kept it cool: the perfect weather for a walk in the woods. The city itself was certainly not the most impressive place we’d seen – an industrial city with dull architecture – but when cherry blossoms are in full bloom they can make almost any place look pretty. Just look at the pictures below….