You might wonder the link between cherry blossoms and DC? Well the cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan in 1912. Annually since 1935, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. celebrates spring and the enduring friendship between the people of the U.S. and Japan. A nice gesture right?
From March 20 – April 12 national cherry blossom festival is celebrated. So if Kyoto is fully booked just head to DC. However if you cannot catch them at their peak, there are still several activities around the city to come in the Sakura mood.