Cherry Blossom Festival 2020

The festival commemorates the 1912 gift from Tokyo of 3,020 cherry trees to Washington. The first trees actually arrived two years earlier, a gift from the city of Tokyo and due in part to the advocacy of Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, one of National Geographic Society's first female board members. These trees turned out to be diseased and were destroyed. In 1912, first lady Helen Herron Taft planted one of the first of more than 3,000 replacement trees sent from Japan. The 1912 gift of trees included 12 varieties, but now two varieties -- the Yoshino and Kwanzan -- dominate.

Duration
4 Days /3 Nights

Group size

Customization
Available!
The festival commemorates the 1912 gift from Tokyo of 3,020 cherry trees to Washington. The first trees actually arrived two years earlier, a gift from the city of Tokyo and due in part to the advocacy of Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, one of National Geographic Society's first female board members. These trees turned out to be diseased and were destroyed. In 1912, first lady Helen Herron Taft planted one of the first of more than 3,000 replacement trees sent from Japan. The 1912 gift of trees included 12 varieties, but now two varieties -- the Yoshino and Kwanzan -- dominate. More than 20 years later, civic groups and local government came together in 1935 to hold the first official festival. The pink blossoms of the Kwanzan trees are often found in the East Potomac Park area, while the white blossoms of the Yoshino are found closer to the northern part of the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument.

Contact Us Today to Reserve Your Tour

Have a question? MARS' experienced tour professionals are ready and willing to help you plan a tour program that's a perfect fit for you.

Get Started