Nothing says pretty in pink like the bloom of cherry blossoms
From end-March to early-May, most parts of Japan will turn into a glorious shade of pink, thanks to the sought-after cherry blossom season! But with such a sight to behold comes the throngs of people, all with a mission to achieve the picture perfect Instagram shot. To beat the masses, here are seven underrated spots that may not reel as many tourists, so as your cherry blossom-watching can go on without a hitch.
1. Yoshino Park, Kagoshima Prefecture
You’ll kill two birds with a stone when you pop by Kagoshima. Not only will you revel in falling cherry blossoms, forecasted to start flowering on 20 March, but also you can catch a glimpse of the majestic Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. Dubbed to one of the rarer species, the Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms, known for their large petals and the bright pink colour, bloom in this seaside city.