Chase after your sakura dreams!
Come springtime, it’s time to tuck away the heavy, winter coats and bring out the light and fun jackets. This also means that the cherry blossom frenzy is upon us. Nope, you’re not looking through rose-coloured glasses – everything is just in the perfect pink tinge! Join the sakura madness with these essential Klook activities for the most perfect cherry blossoms getaway!
For those who prefer to go on their independent cherry blossoms chase, getting transport passes or cards provide the most convenient and hassle-free ways to get around!
1. Korea Rail Pass (KR PASS)
Make sure to get yourself a Korea Rail Pass for unlimited rides on most of Korea’s leading railway provider, KORAIL trains for 1, 3, 5, 7 consecutive days or any flexible 2 and 4 days. It’s the best option when it comes to economical travel throughout South Korea with ease!
2. South Korea Railplus Transport Card
For a hassle-free, multipurpose transport card, the Railplus card is great for getting around South Korea’s major cities and regions. This card can be used to pay for transportation including trains, buses, subways and expressways, and to make purchases at stores as well as to pay for parking! Simply top up your card when you need more. You can use it throughout Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Busan, Chungcheong-do, and in the Honam regions (Daejeon–Mokpo).
KOREA CHERRY BLOSSOM EXPERIENCE
For those who prefer to leave the thinking and planning to others, there are many cherry blossoms tours and experiences to choose from!
3. Chasing Cherry Blossoms Tour
Looking for the perfect cherry blossoms date with your Seoul-mate? Go on an adventure to hunt for the best cherry blossom sites in and around Seoul. Visit 3 specially selected spots by your guide and let them bring you to the best viewing spots for the best photo opportunities!
4. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
When in Korea during cherry blossom season, you have to visit the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, also known as Jinhae Gunhangje! Home to one of the most popular cherry blossom festivals, the sleepy town of Jinhae comes to life with blossoms of pastel pink during springtime. Embark on a lovely day tour from Seoul to Jinhae for your cherry blossom getaway.
5. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Tour (Busan)
For those in Busan, there’s also a cherry blossoms tour to Jinhae! Take photos amongst the lush pink blossoms and visit the fairytale-like Gyeonghwa Rail Station. Join either the day tour or the day & night tour to watch how the quaint village transforms after sundown.
6. Bukchon Oneday Hanbok Rental Experience
If you’ve always wanted to try on the traditional hanbok, no better time to do so than during springtime! Get fitted on a beautiful, authentic hanbok and visit famous landmarks around Seoul. Save on entrance fees at selected locations and capture memorable photos that will be the envy of all your friends!
7. Nami Island & Petite France
Take a stroll down the iconic tree-lined streets of Nami Island and admire the sights before you, as the Cherry Tree Lane becomes a wonderful heaven of pink hue. After Nami Island, continue your tour on a rail bike along the old train tracks of a beautiful countryside before stopping finally at Petite France, a French-style theme park.
8. Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival Day Tour (Standard/VIP)
Hop on a bus tour from Seoul to Jinhae for a full day of sightseeing. Aside from stopping at all the famous, must-visit cherry blossom landmarks, you will also visit the Naval Academy Museum for a dose of history. Make sure you also try the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Cake, made specially only during the festival!
9. Seoul Zoo, Uiwang Railbike & Evening Cherry Blossom Day Tour
Perfect for families with kids, start your day at Seoul Zoo, the 10th largest zoo in the world! After exploring the zoo, it’s time for an exciting 40-minute railbike ride. Cruising along the lakeside, you’ll be treated with a splendid scenery of WangSong Lake and the landscapes of Seoul. The day comes to an end with a visit to Let’s Run Park, where you can witness the magical sights of cherry blossoms illuminated by lights in the evening.
10. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival One day Tour from Busan
Live the dreamy Eastern history for a day at the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival. Walk along streets lined with magnificent pink blooms and visit famous historical landmarks. Along the way, indulge in traditional food, local entertainment, trinkets, as well as arts and crafts for the complete Korean springtime experience.
Getting around Japan on your sakura getaway can be a lil harsh on the wallet but no fret, there are plenty of transport passes and cards to choose from. Whatever your travelling style or wherever you’re travelling to, there’s one to suit every need.
11. Osaka Amazing Pass
For the ones who prefer to travel independently, the Osaka Amazing Pass is a definite must. Osaka is home to many top sakura viewing spots like Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Osaka Mint Bureau, and Osaka Castle Park with its 4000 cherry blossom trees! With this Osaka Amazing Pass, you get unlimited travels on all subways, metros, tramways and buses! Plus, you’ll even get free entry to 30 of Osaka’s top attractions.
12. Tokyo Subway Ticket (24, 48 or 72 Hours)
For those who are venturing out on their own around Tokyo, don’t miss out on the Tokyo subway pass. Reap the perks of unlimited travels on all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines when you’re on the hunt for the best sakura viewing spot! No need to queue and fuss with single journey tickets, just swipe and go!
13. Japan Rail Pass
Japan is world-famous for its public transportation for very good reasons and to fully experience it, JR Passes are the way to go! If you’ve got a schedule full of transiting and moving about to chase after the fleeting cherry blossoms, let JR Pass do the work for you. Whether you’re travelling around Japan, across cities, or within a district, one of the many types of JR Passes available will suit your needs.
JAPAN SAKURA EXPERIENCE
Overwhelmed with sakura overload and not sure which ones to go for? With these amazing sakura tours and experience to choose from, you’re in safe hands. Rest assured, you’re not gonna miss out on anything!
14. Early Spring Kawazuzakura Cherry Blossom Viewing
If you’re visiting Tokyo during the cherry blossom season, you can catch the Kawazuzakura at the famous Kawazu River! This tour also takes you to the impressive Joren no Taki Waterfall as well as Izu Fruits Park so you can pick your own strawberries.
15. Tokyo Kimono Experience
Source: visiontimes.com Explore Asakusa on foot and stroll along the Sumida River dressed in a properly fitted and authentic kimono or yukata! Select your kimono or yukata of choice and be styled by professionals for the perfect aesthetics. As you wander the city in the traditional outfit, the sakura blossoms lining the streets make the perfect backdrop for photos!
16. Sagano Romantic Train
Embark on one of the most beautiful railway journeys in Japan from Kameoka Station to Sago Station. Along the ride, you can be dazzled by the views of the sakura-lined Hozugawa Ravine. The full bloom of the cherry blossoms surely makes this dreamy train ride an even more remarkable one.
17. Mt. Fuji 5th Station, All-You-Can-Eat Fruits & Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway Day Tour from Tokyo
Witness the enchanting blossoms of sakura at the Oishi Park, also known as Kawaguchiko Lakeside Park, famous for its seasonal blooms! Along the way, you will also have your pick at the seasonal fruits at the Yamanashi Prefecture Sightseeing Orchard. The tour only gets sweeter from there on, with a ride up the Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway all the way to Mt. Fuji 5th Station for the most incredible panoramic view.
18. Tokyo Mt. Fuji Area Sakura Viewing & Gotemba Premium Outlets Day Tour
Brace yourselves for the most incredible sights you’re about to witness on this tour! As you make your way to Arakura Sengen Shrine, the view of the world-famous pagoda standing tall amongst the sakura trees will take your breath away. As you enjoy that stunning view, make sure to capture photos of your own with a view worthy of being a wallpaper!
19. Tokyo Fuji Shibazakura, Mt. Fuji 5th Station & All-You-Can-Eat Strawberry Picking Day Tour
Be part of the Fuji Shibazakura Festival where you’ll be delightfully surrounded by a sea of shibazakura after enjoying the panoramic view from Mt. Fuji 5th Station. You will also get to gorge on mouth-watering strawberries that you pluck yourself straight off the vines! Japan is known for its sweet and delicious strawberries after all, so you definitely want to savour every moment of this all-you-can-eat strawberry picking.
Travelling around Taiwan chasing cherry blossoms can be as easy as 1, 2, 3, with these convenient, hassle-free and easy-to-use transport passes that are great value for money!
20. 3 Day THSR Tourist Pass
Travel on any number of Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) trains for 3 day with all routes included! There’s a basic pass for 3 consecutive days of travel or the flexi for any 3 days within a week period to suit your travel needs. Enjoy unlimited travel and effortlessly travel to Taiwan’s most scenic attractions, like the National Palace Museum in Taipei, the Sun Moon Lake in Nantou and the Liuhe Night Market in Kaohsiung.
21. 5 Day Joint Train Pass (THSR+TR)
3 days a bit too short for you? Get 5 days of unlimited travel on Taiwan Rail services, plus 2 of these days designated to Taiwan High Speed Rail travel with the 5 Day Joint Train Pass! Cover all of Taiwan with ease without breaking the bank. See the best of Taiwan’s beauty as you journey between sea and mountains on your getaway to witness the stunning cherry blossoms!
TAIWAN CHERRY BLOSSOM EXPERIENCE
Did you know, Taiwan is also home to some pretty incredible cherry trees? Well, better believe it because those vibrant pink blossoms are just as stunning in Taiwan and comparable to the ones in Japan and Korea!
22. Yangmingshan National Park & Hot Springs Tour
For those in Taiwan, you too can catch the ravishing pink of cherry blossoms. To catch those beloved blooms, visit starting February to witness the dazzling scenery. The stunning Yangmingshan National Park, nestled amongst mountainous scenery and luscious forest, holds a sight that is beautiful and breathtaking. You can also sink into the warm and healing waters of the Kawayu Hot Spring Bath.
23. Cherry Blossom Tour at Wuling Farm
Join a day trip from Taipei to Wuling Farm with thousands of cherry blossom trees that adorn the 700 hectares of land. The cherry blossoms in Taiwan are comparable to the famous sakura in Japan and Korea. Make sure to bring along some snacks and a mat so you can enjoy a picnic under the showers of the wonderful pink blooms!
Kickstart your sakura chase at the Klook Travel Fest!
Make your way to the Klook Travel Fest: Blossom Deals event at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, in BGC Taguig and get a glimpse of sakura blossoms. Get the best deals for Japan. Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea and enjoy the most out of the upcoming sakura season. So be sure to drop by on March 9 an 10 for exclusive deals, prizes, and so much more!