Sakura Time in Istanbul

In our recent history, it is known that the late Barış Manço (the best singer in Turkey) instilled the love of Japan. However, contrary to popular belief, our ties with the Japanese date back to much earlier dates. Dear Barış Abi, on the other hand, has further consolidated this existing love. You can see Japanese Sakura (Cherry) Trees that herald the arrival of spring in 3 different botanical gardens in Istanbul.

Sakura Time in Istanbul
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The Sakura Tree is a Japanese plant that dates back ages. Sakura is the name of a Japanese tradition that lives even today. The fine line between death and life. It’s like being in limbo. In fact, it is the cycle of life and death chasing each other, as in the Yin Yang teaching.

There are dozens of different species of Sakura plant, which means “Cherry Blossom” in Japanese. The blooming of Japanese cherry trees is called “Sakura Zensen“. Sakura trees have a fairytale look when they bloom each year between the last week of March and the first weeks of April. Even the flowers falling under the trees or on the roads create a visual scene at this time of the year.

Where to Find Sakura Tree in Istanbul?

There are a total of 3 Japanese gardens, 1 of which was opened on the Anatolian Side of Istanbul first and then 2 on the European Side.

Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanical Garden, Ümraniye

The place where Sakura Trees are located on the Anatolian side is the Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanical Garden. You can see many Japanese Cherry Sakura Trees in the Ertuğrul Island section of the botanical park, also known as NGBB, located between Ümraniye and Ataşehir districts.

In addition, if you are curious about the very special story of Sakura Trees here, you should definitely read our Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanical Garden article.

Baltalimanı Japanese Garden, Sarıyer

If you are looking for Sakura Tree on the European side of Istanbul, your address will be Baltalimanı Japanese Garden. In the Japanese Garden in Sarıyer district, you can see traditional Japanese wooden houses, stone sculptures and of course Sakura Trees.

When you go to the Baltalimanı Japanese Garden, which has a still artificial stream in the middle, especially in spring, you will witness a wonderful view of nature. You will feel like you are in Japan for a moment. You will be immersed in the pink and lilac-colored leaves of the Japanese Cherry (Sakura Tree), which is the harbinger of spring, for minutes.

Abroad, I witnessed a beautiful example of Japanese gardens in Cologne, Germany. It was a very large Japanese Garden both in terms of area and endemic plant diversity. Would you like to read the article about the Cologne Japanese Garden?

Emirgan Grove, Sariyer

There are 2 Sakura trees on the entrance road of the White Mansion in the historical Emirgan Woods in Sarıyer, Istanbul. In fact, this is the oldest trees in Turkey sakura trees. You can see the longest sakura tree in our country as you exit the White Mansion and go towards the Yellow Mansion.

The Interesting Story of the Sakura Tree

The story of the Sakura tree, which has a very special place in Japanese folk culture, is just as special. Sakura is the symbol of life that signifies a miraculous life. It is likened to human life because its flowers bloom slowly and shed in a short time. It is a symbol of both death and a new beginning.

In fact, it is believed that the Samurai, Japanese warriors, could fall off during the war without fading like a sakura flower, even when they were in the most productive period of their lives. With this teaching, Samurai are aware that they are facing death at any moment. This short life of the Sakura Flower is also associated with human life. Another belief is that on dying Japanese warriors will die suddenly, like a sakura flower, without any pain.

During the Second World War, Japanese kamikaze pilots died as a requirement of this belief. Also, any pilot who died believed that he would be reborn like a Sakura flower. In other words, he believed that he would be born in another body again with reincarnation.

Japonya Sakura Festivali

Sakura tree, which is considered both mystical and sacred for Japan, is welcomed with different events and festivals every year. For example, at this time of the year, TV channels provide information about the latest status of sakura flowers, as well as weather.

Questions About Sakura Tree

What time does sakura close or open?

The date when the Japanese Cherry Tree Sakura plant blooms varies according to the seasonal conditions and altitude. It coincides with different times in every city in Japan. It usually blooms between the end of March and the beginning of April.

Ceremonies, festivals and religious rituals begin at the same time as the blooming event called “Sakura Zensen“.

In Turkey, Istanbul is located in Sakura Trees in bloom in recent history to date in Japan. Japanese cherries, which generally bloom between April 1 and April 10, are worth seeing at this time of the year.

What Does Sakura Mean?

It means Cherry Blossom in Japanese. At the same time, the Sakura Tree, heralding the arrival of spring, has an important place in Japanese beliefs.

Is Sakura Grow in Turkey?

Sakura Tree, which is a Japanese plant, can live in humid and temperate climates due to its structure. Therefore live in Turkey. It is possible to find examples in two different Botanical Parks in Istanbul. It is possible to come across several different species of Sakura Tree in NGBB and Baltalimanı Japanese Garden.

Sakura Çiçekleri
Sakura Flowers

Is Sakura’s Flower Eaten?

The flowers of the tree are salted and dried and poured over hot water and drunk as “Sakura Cha“, namely Sakura Tea.

There is also a rice dessert called “Sakura Mochi“.

It is used as a bag to carry food named Hanami Bento.

Interesting Facts About Sakura

We searched the topics that travel lovers are most curious about Sakura Tree.

  • Sakura is also a city name in Japan. The population of Sakura city near Tokyo is approximately 200 thousand people.
  • Sakura is also used as a female name. It is also a very popular name in Japan.
  • It is forbidden to take Sakura Tree seed outside of Japan, as it has a sacred value. But it was sent to only a few countries in good faith. Among these countries it is located in Turkey.
  • There is no Sakura Tree in the Atatürk Arboretum or the Belgrad Forest.

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Erdem Buğra Karabulut
Erdem Buğra Karabulut
I set out to return home from my last trip. But I still haven't found my way home. I traveled around the land, if I wrote, volumes of books. Even though I cannot be an Evliya Çelebi, I will travel again. Here it is in my story.

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