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agoda.com releases Sakura Season specials!

SINGAPORE (March 21, 2012)

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.

agoda.com Super Sakura Hotel Deals!

Tokyo

Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo 4* - 15% discount!
From USD 138 per night. Must book within 7 days of check in date. Valid until August 31, 2012.

Shinjuku Washington Hotel 3* - 40% discount!
From USD 78 per night. Minimum 4 nights stay. Valid until September 27, 2012.

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel 5* - 20% discount!
From USD 282 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Valid until May 31, 2012.

Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu 4* - 20% discount!
From USD 58 per night. Book before April, stay before April 20, 2012.

Omori Tokyu Inn 2* - 30% discount!
From USD 96 per night. Must book within 7 days of check-in. Valid until December 31, 2012.

Hotel Monterey Ginza 3* - 30% discount!
From USD 141 per night. Valid until September 27, 2012.

Hotel Monterey La Soeur Ginza 3* - 30% discount!
From USD 141 per night. Minimum stay 4 nights. Valid until September 27, 2012.

Hotel Monterey Akasaka 3*- Pay 2 Stay 3!
From USD 129 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Valid until March 30, 2013.

Hotel Monterey Hanzomon 3.5* - 25% discount!
From USD 126 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Valid until March 31, 2013.

Hotel Sun Members Tokyo Shinjuku 3* - 17% discount!
From USD 99 per night. Minimum stay 4 nights. Valid until December 30, 2012.

Osaka

Hotel Granvia Osaka 4* - 20% discount.
From USD 136 per night. Sunday and Monday only, valid until December 31, 2012.

Swissotel Nankai Osaka Hotel 5*
From USD 181 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights.

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka 4* - 30% discount!
From USD 169 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Valid until December 31, 2012.

Osaka Floral Inn Namba 3* - 10% discount!
From USD 85 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights.  Valid until December 31, 2012.

Best Western Hotel Kansai Airport 3* - 10% discount!
From USD 64 per night. Must book at least 14 days in advance. Valid until December 31, 2012.

Kyoto

Reiah Hotel Ohtsu Ishiyama 3* - 30% discount!
From USD 81 per night. Must book at least 14 days in advance. Valid until December 31, 2012.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto 5* - 20% discount!
From USD 179 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights. Valid until December 31, 2012.

Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa 4* - 15% discount!
From USD 98 per night. Must book at least 14 days in advance. Valid until December 31, 2012.

Hotel Hokke Club Kyoto 3* - 15% discount!
From USD 75 per night. Valid until December 31, 2012.

Seikoro Ryokan 5* - 20% discount!
From USD 243 per night. Valid until December 31, 2012.



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