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5 Underrated Japan Destinations to Enjoy the Cherry Blossom Season

February 28, 2018 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Witnessing the joyous blooming of cherry blossoms in Japan, also known as hanami, has travelers flocking to the country in troves, particularly to the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka every year.

During this period, maneuvering your way through the crowds can be difficult, and getting a nice photo souvenir to take home becomes almost impossible. For a cherry blossom experience away from the crowds, you’re in luck, because HomeAway®, a leading vacation rentals company, has 5 underrated destinations in Japan to recommend. From Kanagawa and Fukuoka to Hokkaido, there are numerous spots and nearby HomeAway properties for you to set up camp in – perfect for an authentic hanami experience that you won’t want to miss!

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Homely Apartment in Hakata:

For a tranquil experience minus the crowds, visit Nishi Park with panoramic views of Hakata Bay. It has over a thousand cherry trees of different varieties, including the weeping cherry and the Oshima cherry. Settle under your favorite tree with some street food and sake, and take in the view of one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots!

Located a short train ride away from Nishi Park, this cozy 2-bedroom apartment is perfect for a family vacation, and comes equipped with all the essential amenities to make your stay a comfortable one to indulge in the beauty of the cherry blossoms. You can also choose to indulge in the many local ramen shops nearby for a truly immersive and unforgettable Japanese vacation.


Luxurious and Spacious Terrace In Kobe:

The famous Shukugawa Park is another beautiful location for travelers to admire the season of cherry blossoms, with the river forming a perfect reflection of the cherry blossom canopy overhead. During this season, a plethora of stalls selling Japanese drinks and snacks spring up in the area, making it the perfect location for an afternoon picnic with your loved ones.

While you’re in Kobe, consider staying at this luxurious and well-designed HomeAway property. Accommodating up to 10 guests, its modest pricing and detailed amenities make it an attractive option for large families and groups, ensuring that you can spend the bulk of your time (and money) enjoying the local Kobe culture, cuisines and cherry blossoms.


Modern Home Near Yokohama Stadium:

With almost 600 cherry trees nestled alongside the Ookagawa River in Yokohama, the Ookagawa Sakura Festival is an annual hanami experience that should not be missed! With delicious street food stalls and loads of entertainment, this weekend festival is the proverbial cherry-on-top for your cherry blossom experience. If that isn’t enough, head down to the Sankeien Garden and indulge your senses with pretty pink flowers, teas and seasonal sakura specialties.

This 3-bedroom Homeaway apartment is located in between the two attractions, making it the ideal home base for the cherry blossom fans. In addition, the large cherry tree located just outside the building means you can wake up to your very own view of cherry blossoms in full bloom!


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Beautiful Home in Hiroshima:

Boasting one of the largest clusters of cherry blossom trees with over 1,300 trees spread across the park, Hijiyama Park is a mesmerizing place to arrange for a cozy hanami party with your family and friends. When you’re done basking in the beautiful cherry blossoms, head over to the art museum or the manga library, both located within its premises, to rest and learn more about Japanese culture.

Located a short walk away from the Hijiyama Park, this modern 2-bedroom HomeAway apartment is beautifully illuminated by natural sunlight with floor to ceiling windows, and can accommodate up to 10 guests. With easy access to Hiroshima Station, getting around will be a breeze, and you can consider bringing the family to other cherry blossom sites like Senkoji Park and Miyajima for a complete hanami experience.


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Gorgeous House Near Maruyama Station:

The Maruyama Park with the adjacent Hokkaido Shrine boasts of over 1,700 wild cherry trees in bloom during springtime. Located right beside the Maruyama Zoo and Wild Forest, you could take your family out for a wonderful day to bask in nature, from marveling at the beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom and flocks of woodpeckers gathering on elm trees at the park, to majestic lions and giraffes resting in their massive enclosures.

If you’ve decided to give the Maruyama Park a go, why not stay at this amazing 4-bedroom apartment located just beside it? A modern look coupled with authentic Japanese elements, this HomeAway apartment can accommodate up to 13 guests and includes 2 Japanese tatami rooms, perfect for large families looking for an authentic Japanese experience. The fully-equipped kitchen and spacious living room that it comes with would provide a nice break from all the traveling, which the family can use for some relaxing bonding time that feels right at home.

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