agoda.com releases Sakura Season specials!

By: Agoda Company Pte Ltd,  21/03/2012
Keywords: Travel, Accommodation, Hotel Deals

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 gardens.

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.  

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About Agoda 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.

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