Agoda.com cheers Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry blossoms, also known as Sakura, bloom simultaneously in the spring for one week. Recognized as Japan’s unofficial national flower, Sakura have frequently been used to establish diplomatic ties between Japan and other countries. The flowers reach full bloom and flutter to the ground gracefully during their final stage. The Japanese believe that these blossoms symbolize human life, transience, and nobility. The blossoms begin in the southernmost island of Japan, Okinawa, in January and reach Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka in late March. These three cities are among the top 100 best Sakura spots selected by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association.
Mr. Toshiaki Banshoya, director of distribution marketing, New Otani Hotels, commented: “This year, the cherry blossoms are predicted to arrive in Tokyo a couple of days ahead of schedule. Cherry blossom viewing is extremely popular in Japan and draws large numbers of tourists from all over the world. Popular in parks and gardens, even bustling Tokyo looks serene with the white and pink cherry blossom petals along the streets. The scenery is beautiful, but it’s also interesting to watch the locals take it in as they sit under the blooming cherry trees. Tourists enjoy Japanese lunchboxes while viewing traditional dance and music, and visit castles, parks, temples, or shrines. The blooming only lasts one week and so timing is critical. It is highly recommended that travelers secure accommodation early.”
Tokyo’s busy Ueno Park, with 1,500 cherry trees, is the best place to view Sakura. Cherry blossoms in Kyoto and Osaka tend to bloom several days later. The Arashiyama Mountain, with the Togetsukyo Wood Bridge, and Kyoto’s Imperial Palace provide beautifully picturesque scenes. Four thousand Sakura trees around Osaka Castle are illuminated at night for one week at the end of March and beginning of April, while Osaka Expo Park with over 5,500 cherry trees is a great place to have a picnic while viewing the cherry blossoms.
Mr. Wilfred Fan, Agoda vice president of business development, said: “Japan has been a very popular destination for Agoda customers, especially during Hanami, the traditional blossom viewing party. Throughout Japan you’ll find rows of cherry trees with their pink and white blossoms, creating a romantic atmosphere that soften the edges of modern city lives. Agoda wants to ensure tourists get to enjoy this amazing, natural event, and we have secured special deals throughout Japan.”
Agoda’s best Japan hotel deals include:
Hotel New Otani The Main, 5 Star
Rate starting at US$236 (normally US$408)
Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, 3.5 Star
Rate starting at US$134 (normally US$231)
Asakusa View Hotel, 3.5 Star
Rate starting at US$123 (normally US$214)
Hotel Village Kyoto, 3 Star
Rate starting at US$222 (normally US$385)
Claiton Shin Osaka Hotel, 3 Star
Rate starting at US$62 (normally US$107)
Swissotel Nankai Osaka Hotel, 5 Star
Rate starting at US$179 (normally US$310)
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