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Unlimited photo opportunities are probably the highlight of the annual Hanami in San Diego. As spring arrives in Southern California, Balboa Park becomes the pinkest spot around during its annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
Festival-goers can experience all aspects of Japanese culture: from Kamishibai theater to Taiko drums and Sumo music. Local merchants offer crafts and presents to buy. And food trucks have plenty of traditional Japanese meals and drinks.
The real action occurs in the Japanese Friendship Garden of Balboa Park, the only place in San Diego with so much sakura. Around 200 cherry trees spread over one-acre (4047 sq. m) territory of the garden. San Diego's mild climate helps trees reach up to 15 - 25 feet in height (4.5–7.6 m).
The beginning of March is a high season for the cherry blossoms in Southern California. Typically, flowers last up to two weeks or less. Therefore, every year, the organizers adjust the festival dates to nature's mood and weather forecast.
Tickets cost is 10$ for adults and 8$ for seniors, military, and students. Children under six can visit for free.