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Jerusalem Botanical Gardens: Celebrating the 'Sakura' in Israel

Updated: Feb 14, 2021

Hi there,

This article is for all my readers who are likely to spend the next few weeks in Israel. The Japanese are renowned for their 'Sakura' or annual period in which the cherry trees bloom in which magnificent pink and white flowerets make a spectacular setting for even a mundane walk.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens: Celebrating the 'Sakura' in Israel

WHEN: Till February 20, 2021

As is well known, the blossoming of the cherry tree lasts only about 10 days. In Japan, the population waits a whole year for the famous flowering days, called "Sakura". The 'Sakura' symbolizes the beautiful but elusive and fleeting character of life.

As a nearby alternative, the University Botanical Garden in Jerusalem is reopening its doors to the public, following the third closure and is inviting children, adults, couples and families, to arrive during the upcoming week and a half until February 20th, 2021 to experience the glorious bloom that is taking place in the garden. The garden is filled with scents of cherry blossoms as well as an abundence of other flowers including lotuses, daffodils, cyclamen, irises and many more!

In order to enhance the festivity of nature, in the coming days, the botanical garden will hold a selection of tours with an emphasis on the cherry blossoms and other winter flowers, an origami workshop and more.


The University Botanical Garden in Givat Ram in Jerusalem covers 120 dunams and can accommodate several hundreds of people at a time according to the Ministry of Health guidelines.

The botanical garden takes care to disinfect the public areas and services and controls the number of visitors and the conduct of the public during the visit.

Due to the need to control the number of visitors and their level of protection, visitors are required to maintain a distance between families and avoid crowds of over 20 people when wandering about the garden. Also, each visitor must wear a personal mask unless exempt.


Among the activities:

  • A tour of the cherry path - The tour starts at 11:00 around the Sakura trees (Japanese cherry) during which the participants will learn about the long tradition of the Sakura, how to observe the cherry blossoms as they do in Japan, legends revolving around the trees and stories related to the cherry fruit. The tour is intended for the whole family and is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs

  • The flower train - A guided train tour will leave every hour on the hour between 10:00-14:00. The train tour will lead the participants through the various plots, with information on the flowers and plants growing in the garden.

  • An origami workshop - The workshop will take place every day between 11:00-14:00. In the workshop, each participant will be able to choose between four different and unique forms of origami and learn how to fold them inspired by Japanese culture and Japanese cherry trees. The workshop is suitable for ages 5 and up. Prior reservation is required: 02-6794012.

  • A tour of the tropical greenhouse - The tour will take place every day between 11:00-14:00. In the new tropical greenhouse you can touch, smell and sometimes even taste the plants and their fruits. Within the tropical greenhouse about 300 different and special plant species grow. The greenhouse is divided into two areas: a tropical area and desert area. Both are characterized by rich vegetation adapted to the climate according to geographical areas with ecological environments that display a large range of habitats.


Entrance Fee: Jerusalem children up to the age of 18 - free (on display of ID). Kindergarten subscriptions - free (upon presentation of a subscription). Adults (18+) - 35 NIS.

Open: Sundays-Thursdays: 9:00-17:00, Fridays 9:00-14:00 and Saturdays: 9:00-17:00.

Directions - Write in Waze: "Botanical Garden parking lot". This is the only main entrance gate open.

For more details, Givat Ram Botanical Garden 02-6794012 or



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