agoda.com, Asia's leading hotel booking
site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced special
deals for Japan hotels just in time for sakura season.
The sakura flower, or cherry blossom, is an indelible part of Japanese
culture and identity. Honored throughout Japanese history in art, poetry and song,
the delicate petals of this national emblem appear only briefly each year.
Their arrival transforms bare winter branches into billowy clouds, inspiring an
activity known as hanami.
Hanami is the practice
of viewing sakura trees in full bloom – a custom adopted from third-century China,
where the aristocracy would picnic beneath plum blossom trees. Today, hanami parties are staged wherever there
are blossoming sakura to appreciate, with groups of friends, families and
colleagues gathering beneath the boughs to share food and listen to music.
Hanami begin in Tokyo parks and gardens towards the end of March, with the
northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido the last to come into bloom, sakura flowers
appearing from the middle to the end of May. Popular hanami foods include dumplings (dango)
and bento box sets for their portability, while sake is also often enjoyed at nighttime viewing parties.
There are several locations across Japan where the cherry blossoms are
best viewed. In Tokyo, Ueno Park has more than a thousand sakura trees. In Kyoto, the
banks of the Kamogawa River are lined with cherry blossoms, and in Osaka,
crowds gather at Osaka Castle where 4,000 sakura trees bloom throughout the
agoda.com has some spectacular spring deals for travelers wishing to see
sakura in bloom. The promotions listed below are for hotels in the top hanami spots in Japan – some deals available
only for a few weeks. Note to
Company Pte Ltd:
Agoda Company Pte Ltd (agoda.com) is a leading
Asia-based, online hotel reservations company, which specializes in securing
the lowest discount hotel prices. Agoda.com is part of Priceline Group
(Nasdaq:PCLN). Agoda.com's network includes more than 170, 000 hotels
worldwide. The multinational staff of more than 800 professionals, located
throughout the world, provides a first-rate reservation service that uniquely
combines local knowledge and local connections to provide the best hotel deals
to both business and leisure travelers. In addition, agoda.com customers participate in
the agoda.com Rewards Program, earning further discounts and free stays. Unlike
programs that limit travelers to a single chain, the agoda.com Rewards Program
allows customers to redeem Rewards Points at thousands of hotels around the
globe, at any time. A member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA),
agoda.com's aim is to promote travel by making it more affordable and more
accessible to more people.