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.
6. Ookagawa River, Kanagawa Prefecture
While cruising through Ookagawa River is a lovely way of being one with the cherry blossoms, it is the Ookgawa Sakura Festival that is something you should look out for. Happening on the weekend of 7 & 8 April 2018, the festival takes place along the cherry blossom trees-filled streets lined up with all sort of stalls peddling food and souvenirs to fully immerse you in the hanami experience. There are also floating platforms, located in the river’s vicinity, where live performances will take place to entertain boats going downstream.