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Japan. A country where new cities are lined with old streets steeped in history; a culture where technology rubs its edgy shoulders with traditions from another era; home to the most startling views – The Land of the Rising Sun. Experience Japan outside the clinical confines of a hotel. Take a look at some of …

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HomeAway Taichung

Taichung is a land of contrasts. Modern cafés find a place with classical teahouses to keep Taiwan’s tryst with tea simmering; and its modern architecture fits in perfectly with old temples from its colonial past. While Taichung is the unofficial capital of the region, a transport hub, and a base camp for hikers headed to …

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Kyoto is vintage Japan – boasting of beautiful Buddhist temples, gardens, traditional wooden houses, formal traditions, and Shinto shrines. Its status of being the former capital of Japan for over 1000 years has earned it the moniker of thousand-year capital. With such a rich history and ancient culture, it’s little wonder that Kyoto serves as …

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Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, is known for its modern, stunning architecture; vibrant, buzzing nightlife; and diverse, delectable street food. While the city is largely an economic hub and even has the moniker of “nation’s kitchen,” it doesn’t slack on beautiful, natural surroundings – just like all of Japan.  Some of the best sakura spots …

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Best days to visit Japan for cherry blossoms in 2017

Spring is almost here – and with it, so are cherry blossoms, in all their delicate, transient splendour. And when sakura bloom, all of Japan gets ready for hanami, their traditional way of welcoming spring by watching these lovely flowers as they dust the very air with their beauty. Pardon the cliché, but nothing better …

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HomeAway New Taipei City

Culture meets capitalism – that’s the best way to describe New Taipei city. Home to over 2,50,000 private companies and a thriving technology, service, and tourism industry, the city is a massive contributor to Taiwan’s GDP. On the culture front, New Taipei city boasts of several temples, shrines, museums, and is also the epicenter of …

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Tokyo represents the most cutting-edge hallmark of Japanese ingenuity – ultra-modern living with flawless utilization of limited space. But the city, and Japan in general, is as traditional as it is modern. And when it comes to the centuries-old tradition of celebrating the beauty of sakura, the country’s unofficial national flower, people leave aside all …

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HomeAway Taipei

Taiwan’s capital city Taipei is known for its Yangmingshan Flower Festival – held from February to March. From secret forests to public parks – Taipei has a lot to offer the sakura pilgrim. Here is a look at the best sakura spots in Taipei and some perfect HomeAways around them: Beitou Beitou, with its abundant …

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HomeAway Taichung

Traditional Chinese temples; magical hot springs; and a breathtaking mountain terrain – that’s Taiwan in a nutshell for you. And come spring, if your bucket list has sakura viewing right on top, then Taiwan is exactly where you should head to – undoubtedly. The season for sakura in Taiwan is spread over three months and …

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HomeAway Busan

On the face of it, Busan might be all about sophistication — high-rises, busy commercial ships, and prestigious educational institutes. However, Busan’s heart lies in its friendly beaches, the humble dwaeji gukbap (pig soup rice), the mood-lifting soju (the local alcoholic beverage), age-old temples and of course, sakura.  Spring casts a magical spell on Busan, …

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