If you’ve been making trips to Don Don Donki just to feel like you’re holidaying in Japan, here’s something else to add to your, er, Japan faux-cation. Sakura season is upon Gardens by the Bay (GBTB) again — and for the first time ever, Hello Kitty joins the festivities. 

The Sakura Featuring Hello Kitty Floral Display is on from March 1 at the Flower Dome. Flower Dome admission fees start at $12 for Singapore residents, and are SingapoRediscovers Vouchers eligible. Tickets to the Flower Dome are sold strictly on a pre-booking basis, and visitors will have to book a timeslot for entry as well.

What to expect at this year’s sakura floral display at Gardens by the Bay:

Peach and cherry blossoms galore and plenty of kawaii selfie opps with Hello Kitty, of course. You’ll find her frolicking among perfectly manicured gardens, rickshaws and even at an outdoor tea ceremony.

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There are even torii gates for OOTDs.
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Photo spots and the blossoms have been spread out in order to allow for safe distancing among visitors.
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Cultural programmes and events from Mar 13

An array of Japanese-themed workshops and performances are in the pipeline from Mar 13. All events have capacity restrictions of course, so pre-booking on Gardens by the Bay’s website is a must.

There will be Japanese traditional and folk dance performances on Mar 13 and 14 at the Flower Field Hall (two sessions per day). There are also koto and erhu performances on Mar 20 and 21 at the Flower Field Hall. These performances are limited to 100 people per session.

If you’re looking to experience a slice of Japan in a more intimate setting, there are a couple of workshops available. The Way Of Tea demonstration and workshop, where you can try your hand at a traditional chado ceremony, takes place on Mar 13 and 14 at the Waterview Room. Admission is $30 per person and limited to 12 pax per session. There are three 45-min sessions per day.

On Mar 20 and 21, there are ikebana workshops for those interested in the art of Japanese floral arrangement. There are three 45-min sessions per day and it’s capped at 20 participants per sesh. The workshop fee is $50 per person.

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The sakura floral display is happening despite logistical and supply challenges this year. “While cherry tree supplies may be limited this year, we hope these rare beauties will continue to bring our families and loved ones together in a time of Covid-19,” says Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh.

More could be added to the display later on. “We are still hopeful that the larger cherry blossom trees from Europe will arrive later,” explains Marziah Omar, Senior Assistant Director of Conservatory Operations overseeing the display in Flower Dome. “When that happens, we will incorporate them into the display and our visitors will get the bonus opportunity to enjoy an extended sakura season this year.”

Sakura Featuring Hello Kitty Floral Display is on from Mar 1 at Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome. Open daily 9am-9pm. A dmission charges to Flower Dome apply (SRV eligible). More info and pre-book tickets at
Photos: Gardens by the Bay