They say spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!,’ and why not! The season is perfect for idyllic walks, enjoying the fragrant breeze and the gorgeous flowers that make their annual appearance.
What better way to enjoy Spring than by heading out on a little spring break? To make new memories in pretty colors with that dash of magic, here is where you should go:
Drive down a road under a canopy of white and pink sakura blossoms with unending carpets of yellow canola running parallel. That’s springtime in Jeju for you. The best time to view the splendor of spring is from late March to early May.
While the whole island is a pleasant sight during those months, here are some spots that must find place on your itinerary.
- Gwangchigi Beach where the coastline is swathed in gorgeous yellows
- Mount Sanbangsan where innumerable canola enhance the beauty of the distinctive volcanic formation
- Hallim Park, home to nine themed gardens, holds a flower event every month with April reserved for cherry blossoms and canola
- Seongeup Folk Village, Noksan Road, Jeju University and Cherry Blossom Street are also known for their Sakura and Canola blooms
The Jeju Cherry Blossom festival held during spring is the perfect time to blend with the locals. While petals of King Cherry Tree blossoms can be seen across the island, Jeju Sports Complex and Seogwipo’s downtown area are the best spots.
Add to the spring romance with these HomeAways:
Cozy Apartment with a View of the Ocean
Relax and unwind at this cozy two-bedroom apartment. With a beautiful view of the ocean from your window, enjoy spring to the fullest on Jeju Island.
Average price per person per night: SGD 47
Studio apartment for two
This spacious studio apartment is perfect for long stays.You will be within walking distance of the market, restaurants, and bars, as well as buses that help you travel all around Jeju. Enjoy a garden view, as well as a roof-top barbecue at this laid-back and modern property, perfect for a spring vacation.
Average price per person per night: SGD 40
Hokkaido is effortlessly charming during spring. The entire northernmost Japanese island screams romance in the month of April and May.
Your list of Must-See should include:
- Shichiku Garden that is home to over 2,500 varieties of flowers
- Yuni Garden swamped with cherry blossoms, marguerites and rape blossoms
For tulips, the best place to spot them towards the end of April would be:
- Takino Suzuran Park
- Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park
If you are a Sakura fan, the best time to visit Hokkaido to view these beauties in full bloom would be from late April to early May:
- The Sapporo Lilac festival and the Sapporo Plum Blossom festival celebrate the many varieties and species of the two flowers
- During the Shibazakura Festival in Takinoue, tourists and locals both head to the hillside of Takinoue Park to view an unending carpet of pink moss phloxes
Additionally, at Farm Tomita, you will witness a variety of flowers including lavender, tulips, poppies, chives and perennials. Be ready to be amazed.
When you have taken in your fill of the beauty, rest up at these homestays:
Value-for-money Home for up to six people
Have this quaint and modern property entirely to yourself when you’re visiting Hokkaido. It’s conveniently located and you are also within minutes of supermarkets, restaurants, and top tourist spots.
Average price per person per night: SGD 20
Gorgeous House Perfect for Families
Book this three-storey picturesque house for a cosy and comfortable stay in Hokkaido. The property is located within minutes of the downtown and is a short walking distance from supermarkets, restaurants, and local attractions. The host will also be more than happy to help you plan your perfect springtime break in Hokkaido!
Average price per person per night: SGD 18
Okinawa’s tropical weather, blue-green waters, and white sands make it a popular tourist magnet. While flowers start blooming here earlier than the rest of Japan, you will be able to treat your eyes on springtime beauty until May. Notable areas to visit during late Spring in Okinawa includes:
- Hop onto a ferry and head to Iejima Island for The Iejima Lily Festival held from late-April to early-May.
- The Higashi Village that hosts the Azalea festival with 50,000 azaleas in almost all different shades of pink
- Hydrangea Garden in Izumi.
While you are in Okinawa , don’t forget to try your hand at these springtime activities- mangrove kayaking and diving in the Blue Cave.
Recharge your batteries at the following HomeAways:
Lovely guest house by the beach
Soak in the sun and enjoy a memorable tropical vacation with a stay at this newly renovated guest house in northern Okinawa. A secluded beach is only two minutes from this property! Sightseeing spots such as Sesoko Beach, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Ocean Expo Park and Toguchi Port are all a short drive away.
Average price per person per night: SGD 13
Fabulous Resort with a ‘Secret’ Beach
Located in the quiet Onna village, this resort is just by the beach, which can be accessed in complete privacy. The rooms are stylishly furnished and gently lit. There are small shops close by and the major attractions are only a 15-minute car ride from the resort.
Average price per person per night: SGD 26
During these Spring months, Taipei City turns into a massive, fragrant garden.
- Visit the colossal Yangming Park – the spring wonder of Taipei City. The park’s theme sections, fountains and flower clock will definitely satiate the nature lover in you.
- The Yangming Flower Festival, a celebration of the luxurious expanse of cherry blossoms, camellia, azalea, wild peony, peach blossoms and others throughout the park.
- The Shilin Residence Rose Show. This huge European-style rose garden houses over 200 kinds of roses (over 5,000 in all!) that blossom from March till May.
It’s important to book ahead if you’re visiting Taipei City in spring. Ensure a comfortable stay with the following homestays:
Cosy Apartment in city centre
This conveniently-located one-bedroom apartment is perfect for a couple. Apart from the usual amenities, the apartment comes with a LCD TV that can be converted into an entertainment unit. The property is within walking distance of popular local attractions.
Average price per person per night: SGD 69
Loft apartment with a view
Wake up to a sweeping view of the city in this charming and colorful loft-style accommodation. Located in the shopping district of Ximending, this property can house up to six people. Location is fantastic and all your needs, including those related to security and safety is taken care of. You have a variety of places to eat in and shop at within minutes of stepping out.
Average price per person per night: SGD 14
Busan might seem to be all about imposing skyscrapers and busy locals at first. However, when you look beyond these, you will find a friendly town that loves its clean beaches and of course, sakura. These abundant cherry blossoms seem to add a pink glow to the entire city during spring.
For the best view of the Sakura, head on over to:
- Haeundae Dalmaji Road
- Mt. Hwangnyeong Ring Road
- Namcheon-dong Cherry Blossom Road
- Samnak Ecology Park
Busan also hosts The Nakdonggang Yuchae Festival along the Nakdong River in April, you will be able to view the infinite stretches of gorgeous yellow canola flowers and enjoy the local street food, live performances and a perfect peek into the local culture.
Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival, the biggest festival of its kind in South Korea, takes place in Jinhae, an hour’s drive from Busan. So be sure to make this trip with your loved one if you want to witness the magical world of a wide variety of flowers.
Rest at the following homestays when you are finally tired of the photo-ops in Busan:
Family room with balcony
This quaint house is perfect for a family getaway as it accommodates six and is in a terrific location to explore Busan and nearby places.
Average price per person per night: SGD 36
Spacious room with a small garden
Enjoy the charm of the magical Busan spring at your doorstep! This is a roomy suite in a modern guesthouse located in a lush green traditional neighbourhood. A mix of Korean and European styles, relish the tranquility of the quiet location. The property is within walking distance of subway and bus lines.
Average price per person per night: SGD 33
Spring in Hong Kong indicates the blooming of bright pink bougainvillea flowers that can be found adorning almost the entire island.
Spot the Taiwanese cherry blossoms at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden and Tai Mo Shan Country Park or take a day trip to Cheung Chau lsland to enjoy the pink and white cherry blossoms there.
The spring weather is mildly warm and there are many outdoors activities to do:
- Take the Star Ferry
- Climb up the Victoria Peak to catch the breathtaking view
- Hike through the Hong Kong trail
- Hit the beaches or go island hopping
After loading your senses during the day, catch your breath at these homestays to keep up with the dynamic city:
A charming romantic getaway
This enchanting house made of white wood is perfect for a romantic escape. The place is stylish, beautifully furnished, it provides all the modern amenities and a brilliant touch of aesthetics. The apartment is close to restaurants and shopping spots such as Sportswear Street, Computer City, Electric Street, Ladies’ Market, and Temple Street Night Market.
Average price per person per night: SGD 60
Delightful two-bedroom apartment for family
Located in the heart of Hong Kong, this apartment promises a comfortable and warm stay to weary travellers. The rooms are big, modern, and tastefully done; they can accommodate up to six people. The apartment is within walking distance to some of the local attractions and close to historical structures.
Average price per person per night: SGD 29