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Save as much as 48% on last-minute trips to Japan’s secret sakura spots

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 Sopporo – 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.

Click on the cities in the map to search for the cheapest flights

Notes to editors

Based on total volume of searches made on in 2016 All price information in the press release and table below is based on the average price of return journeys from Singapore, booked in March 2016, for travel in April 2016. The cost saving percentages are based on comparison to Tokyo over the same time period. Prices are estimated based on the current exchange rate from British Pounds to Singapore Dollars at the time of publishing

Sakura spot % savings
(compared to Tokyo)
Average last-minute Sakura fares in 2016
Hiroshima 48% saving $628
Kagoshima 25% saving $901
Sapporo 9% saving $1,098
Osaka 3% saving $1,160
Tokyo $1,202
Fukuoka 0.3% more expensive $1,206

Visit Skyscanner for more Sakura tips, and to sign up for Price Alerts to keep track of the best flight deals to your chosen destinations.