The best places to view cherry blossoms - some much closer to home
Spring time is fast upon us, and our side of the globe is getting its famously pretty-in-pink makeover. For those of you planning your sakura-viewing schedule, it's time to get started - especially if you're hoping to catch the popular blooms in Japan.
For the rest, you'll be glad to know that Japan doesn't have the monopoly on cherry blossoms. There are plenty of other hotspots around the world - some much closer to Singapore - that will start bursting into pink at other times of the year, so start scheduling these places into your travel calendar.
2. Gongendo Park, Saitama, Japan
When: Late-March to early-April
Gongendo Park in Satte has one prime attraction: A giant tunnel of 1,000 cherry trees lined up along a 1km-long bank, and planted next to the bank are rape blossoms, allowing visitors to take in the vivid contrast between the different blossoms.
The Sakura Matsuri festival takes place here during springtime, when a number of events are held and around 100 stalls are set up. During the festival dates, a special shuttle bus runs between the park and Satte, the station nearest to the site.