Sakura 2024: Blossom into the night at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night night purple blossoms kinkaku ji temple

Gardens by the Bay‘s 2024 cherry blossom floral display – Sakura: Blossom into the night – offers an enchanting night viewing experience.

Sakura: Blossom into the night at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night entrance day flower field overview

The 2024 Sakura: Blossom into the night floral display offers a breathtaking experience of viewing cherry blossoms – from day to night. Inspired by the city of Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, visitors can enjoy peaceful landscapes and garden elements with nostalgic charm.

This floral display is open from 22 March till 21 April 2024. The display will transform progressively as different trees bloom throughout the season, with most blooms to be expected around the mid-point in early April.

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night entrance origami lights overview

Start your journey under a canopy of glowing paper cranes, bringing colour and good luck to your journey.

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Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night day aerial overview

This year’s highlight is a “Kyoto bubble” at the Flower Field itself, you can bypass the other gardens and head down directly to the display via the side staircase (that brings you closer to the Flower Dome’s exit).

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night day Kinkakuji Temple of the Golden Pavilion

The centerpiece of Sakura 2024 is Temple of the Golden Pavilion, also known as Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺).

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night day flower field temple pathway

The original in northern Kyoto is a UNESCO World Heritage site and must-see attraction. As for this replica in Gardens by the Bay, it is smaller, and without the lake’s waters – offers an unusual, closer look. You can even “step inside”. But more on that later.

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night day kinkaku ji temple closeup

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night day Kinkakuji Temple of the Golden Pavilion side

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The other parts of the Flower Field offers different Hanami, or flower viewing experiences, with blooms interspersed between themed sections of mini gardens.

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night day flower field back lane ikebana closeup

A handful of elegant Ikebana (floral arrangements) are also scattered around the display.

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This year, you can enjoy over 40 varieties of cherry blossom trees throughout the 1-month long floral display.

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One of the most popular varieties returning would be the cherry blossoms with a hint of pink.

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Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night day pavilion deck

There’s a veranda (engawa) section built over a section of the Flower Field, offering an opportunity for memorable photos to be taken from the lower walking path.

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night day Torii gate

Other iconic elements, such as Torii gates, rickshaws and lanterns, tie in the ‘Kyoto travel sampler’ experience.

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night day flower field rickshaw display

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night sunset flower field cherry blossom purple kinkaku ji temple

The display changes gradually at sunset – I would recommend visiting from 6PM to enjoy both the “day and night” versions of this floral display, as well as the transition in between.

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night sunset flower field cherry blossom purple kinkaku ji temple lamp focus

As mentioned earlier, you can enter the “Kinkaku-ji” building to see some small displays, such as a traditional armour set, and Ikebana.

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night sunset flower field cherry blossom purple kinkaku ji temple walkthrough 1

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night night view cherry blossoms blue light

While the sun sets, the light effects around the flowers will become more obvious, painting the bright blooms into vibrant, and sometimes surreal, colours.

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night night view ikebana display

The lighting (and shadows cast) also make some parts of the landscapes feel more dramatic.

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night night view props in zen garden

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night night floor projections 2 purple kinkaku ji temple floor blossoms

From 7:30PM onwards, the Yozakura (night sakura) viewing experience comes to life as the night landscapes become more intense, and projections transform the floor into streets filled with flying petals, and koi ponds.

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Stay on till 8:30PM or later to enjoy lighter crowds to take in the night walking experience around the cherry blossoms.

Due to the high volume of visitors expected for this displays during the day, you should expect to spend more time in the Flower Dome, especially if you wish to take photos with the display.

Please also note that for safety reasons, the use of tripods is not allowed on certain days throughout the Sakura floral display, such as on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, and any other peak periods determined by the Gardens.

Sakura 2024 – Cultural Programmes

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night cultural programmes Hibikiya

There are a few special cultural programmes complementing Sakura 2024, including performances, tea ceremonies, and the return of Sakura: Anime Garden 2024.

Taking place on 30-31 March 2024, Sakura: Anime Garden 2024 is back after a 4-year hiatus. Japanese pop culture fans can enjoy concerts, performances, celebrity cosplay meet and greets, and the anime market place. Find out more at the Anime Garden 2024 event page. Separate charges apply for some programmes.

Gardens by the Bay 2024 Sakura floral display blossom into the night cultural programmes Traditional Tea Ceremony

While most traditional performances have completed their run on the first weekend (23 and 24 March 2024), you can still enjoy the tea ceremony demonstrations on 30-31 March and 6-7 April 2024. More details on Gardens by the Bay’s event website. Flower Dome admission required for this programme.

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Flower Dome’s upcoming floral displays

The upcoming displays this year are Tulipmania (from late April), Rose Romance (from June), and the new Impressions of Monet: The Garden (from July).

Use my Klook link to buy tickets for Flower Dome and other attractions at Gardens by the Bay.

(Purchases made via this link will help support Dejiki.com at no extra cost to you)

 


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