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Skyscanner map reveals best crowd-beating spots to see Japan’s cherry blossom this Spring

March 21, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Fancy viewing Japan’s cherry blossom in the shadow of a volcano, or surrounded by Hiroshima’s war time history? 

As Sakura season approaches, global travel search engine Skyscanner ( reveals that some of the most dramatic destinations to catch Japan’s famous cherry blossom are not only less crowded than hot-spots like Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo – but often also much cheaper to get to for last-minute trips from Singapore too.

According to the data from Skyscanner, last year Hiroshima and Kagoshima attracted just a fraction of the tourist interest of their better-known neighbours on Honshu – jointly receiving less than 1% of the searches from Singaporean tourists that Tokyo amassed on Skyscanner in 2016.

Not only good for beating the crowds though, Skyscanner’s data also reveals that these lesser-visited spots could also be a cheaper alternative for Singaporeans looking to make a last-minute break this Spring.

Based on data from March 2016, last-minute flights to Hiroshima and Kagoshima from Singapore for travel in April were respectively 48% and 25% cheaper than flights to Tokyo*. And early indications suggest that there will be similar cost savings to be had on last-minute breaks this year too.

To help Singapore’s holidaymakers plan their Sakura trips, Skyscanner today released a cherry blossom map (, with its hot tips for the country’s best viewing spots – from these ‘hidden gems’ to Honshu’s big cities.

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