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

2017-03-20 10:00

Data suggests Singaporeans could save as much as 48% on last-minute flights by choosing these Sakura alternatives over Tokyo

SINGAPORE, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

Japan's Sakura hotspots and hidden gems
Japan's Sakura hotspots and hidden gems

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 (SGD)


48% saving



25% saving



9% saving



3% saving






0.3% more expensive


About Skyscanner

  • Skyscanner is a leading global travel search company, providing free search of flights, hotels and car hire around the world
  • Founded in 2003, Skyscanner helps over 50 million people each month to find their travel options
  • Skyscanner is available in 30 languages
  • Skyscanner's highly-rated free mobile app has been downloaded over 50 million times
  • Skyscanner employs over 800 staff and has 10 offices across the world: Barcelona, Beijing, Budapest, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Miami, Shenzhen, Singapore and Sofia
  • Skyscanner is part of the Ctrip Group

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Media contact: 

Natalie Ahl
Senior Account Executive
FleishmanHillard for Skyscanner
+65 6424 6381

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Source: Skyscanner

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