High Park is well known for it’s Cherry Blossoms. The cherry trees found in High Park are Japanese Cherry Trees (Someioshino prunus yedoensis matsum) donated to the City of Toronto by the City of Tokyo in 1959. His Excellency Toru Hagiwara, Japanese Ambassador To Canada brought over 2000 Japanese Cherry Trees and presented them to then Mayor, Nathan Phillips. Fifty of those trees were planted in High Park.
The spring is a special time of year in Japan where flower viewing is a popular pass time known as Sakura Hanami – cherry blossom viewing. Everyone is encouraged to come out and have a picnic in the park under the trees or wander through and admire their beauty. Best viewing times are first thing in the morning. If you must arrive later in the day we encourage taking the TTC as parking fills quickly (as do the roads and traffic can become a problem!). Please remember to respect the trees as they get stressed with the higher volume of visitors at that time of year.