Underrated cities to consider
Dreading the crowds? Hotels.com suggests heading to these beautiful cities in Japan instead.
People usually pass through Chitose to its neighbouring attractions without a second thought. But for those who are willing to take a quick stop, you’ll be amazed at the works of nature, beautified by the sight of sakura.
Stay in a quaint harbour city just half an hour away from Sapporo by train. Enjoy the sites at the canal area and visit the famous Nikka Whisky Distillery to get a taste of unique Japanese whisky. And of course, see cherry blossoms blooming all around.
Mikamine Park, Tsutsujigaoka Park and Nishi Park are just some of the beautiful parks in Sendai to roam around for cherry blossoms.
In the day, visit the Kanazawa Castle for Instagram-worthy sakura views, and in the evening, take a walk through Omicho Market to taste some local Japanese food.
This is one of the most popular ski areas in Japan, so you can visit one of several ski resorts for a day of skiing after taking in the picturesque sakura views.
– TEXT BY CARLA AVOLIO
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.