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5 Best Places in Asia to Visit for Easter 2024

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As international travels reopen, it’s time to fly again! Plan for your next Easter vacation with Hotel ICON and check out the best places to go for Easter 2024.

Japan: Best Place to Go for a Truly Magical Easter

Japan has always been a top travel destination for its rich culture, temptatious food, breathtaking scenery, high-tech innovations, and much more. But Japan in late March to mid-April is purely magical – as it is also Japan’s sakura (cherry blossom) season. 
 
There are over 1,000 cherry blossom hotspots across the country. Their flowering and full bloom periods vary from city to city due to geographical and weather conditions. In most cities, cherry blossoms will start flowering in the third week of March and reach full bloom at the end of the month or early April. 
 
Nighttime Hanami festival in Maruyama Park
 
During the sakura season, visitors and locals alike are drawn to the cherry blossoms hotspots to partake in seasonal events such as nighttime festivals and outdoor markets. People will even put on traditional Japanese clothing, wafuku, to celebrate the occasion and capture the best photos. Some of the more popular cherry blossom festivals include Goryokaku Cherry Blossom Festival in Hokkaido, Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival in Tokyo, Mount Yoshino Cherry Blossom Festival in Nara and Osaka Castle Park Cherry Blossom Festival in Osaka.
 
The Easter period is also a time when restaurants and shops offer seasonal menus or speciality items. You can find menus filled with edible sakura flower infused delicacies. Going into shops and supermarkets, you’ll discover rows after rows of limited edition sakura-flavoured foods and snacks, as well as a sea of pink sakura-themed items, which will make the perfect souvenirs.
 

Kamikochi
 
For adventurous spirits who want to venture outside the urban cities of Japan, April also marks the opening of the Japan Alps routes and regions like the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and the scenic valley Kamikochi in Nagano. Mount Kintoki in Hakone is also a popular hike as its summit gets a beautiful view of Japan’s famed Mount Fuji on a clear day.

Photo credit: @tdr.jp (Facebook)
 
What’s an Easter vacation without some festivities? While Easter may not be as big as other Western festivals like Christmas, it is growing in popularity in Japan as a non-religious, family-friendly celebration. One of the main reasons is the efforts of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, where special parades, merchandise and decorations donned the two vast parks, attracting thousands of visitors to join in on the celebrations each year.
 

Smart Tips:

  • Japan will be fully reopening its border to international tourists from 68 countries and regions from 11 October 2022, after two-plus years of entry restrictions. There will be no more quarantine. Visa-free travel will be resumed and visitors will no longer need to book their trips through an authorised travel agency. However, visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative test result upon entering the country. 
 
  • As for the weather, milder temperatures between 10°C and 19°C can be expected in April. Most people will find a T-shirt with a thin coat sufficient in central Japan. However, gloves, scarves and waterproof jackets are recommended if you plan to travel up north to places like Hokkaido, where temperatures can still be below 10°C.
 

Thailand: Best Place to Go in Easter 2023 for Those Who Love a Party

With the majority of its population Buddhist, it is no surprise that Easter isn’t as widely celebrated in Thailand compared with other destinations we have on the list. The holiday is mainly celebrated by the 1% Christian population and the expat community, with hotels being the most likely places to offer special Easter events. Nonetheless, Easter is one of the busiest travel seasons in Thailand as it is a popular destination among European travellers and tourists from nearby regions, such as Hong Kong, who prefer an Easter vacation in the sun. 

Easter isn’t a national holiday in Thailand, but April marks the beginning of the Thai New Year and Thailand’s most famous festival, the Songkran Festival. Usually celebrated between 13 and 16 April, the traditional Buddhist festival is also known by many as the “water splashing” festival. Expect major roads to be closed as people nationwide head out to the streets with their buckets for a spectacular ritual cleansing water fight.

Don’t let the party stop when the sun goes down. A popular event among tourists, especially European travellers, the Full Moon Party is a mega-party that takes place every month on Koh Phangan Island, which is around an hour ferry away from Koh Samui. It attracts some 30,000 visitors who escape to the island for a night of non-stop music and partying on the beach until dawn. For 2024, the Full Moon Party will be on 5 April.  
 

Smart Tips:

  • April is one of the hottest months in Thailand, with temperatures reaching 30℃ to 40℃ during the day. Rainy days typically make up around 8 to 10 days in April in most regions. But since it usually only rains during the night, there should be little disruptions for your daytime excursions. However, coastal areas may experience more days of rain.
 
  • Pack for hot and humid weather. As temperatures can soar to 40℃ or higher, summer essentials such as shorts, breathable t-shirts, tank tops and hats will help prevent heat strokes. Mosquito repellent, sunscreens and umbrellas can provide extra protection. A travel waist bag or crossbody pouch to keep your passport, money, and other valuables close to you will also ensure extra safety.

Singapore: Best Place to Travel to in Easter 2023 for Groups & Families

Photo credit: @worldgourmetseries (Facebook)
 
April is the time for chasing stars in Singapore – Michelin stars that is, as Singapore plays host to the World Gourmet Summit. April 2023 will see the 27th edition of the annual epicurean extravaganza, where local culinary talents and international Michelin-starred masterchefs get together in the Lion City to showcase the best the city has to offer. So grab your foodie friends and book one of their culinary master classes hosted by master chefs, or indulge in good food and wine with themed menus at the many partner restaurants.
 
Singapore is also a popular family Easter vacation destination for its hassle-free transportation and plethora of family-friendly activities. Apart from their must-visits such as the Universal Studios, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and landmarks, those travelling with kids can take part in Easter egg hunts by parks around Singapore. Jurong Bird Pak, Fort Canning, Gardens by the Bay and HortPark are some of the parks that has hosted Easter egg hunts in previous years.
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Another major event every Easter, the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, a leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, will be held during the Easter weekend on 3-5 May 2024. With over 50,000 spectators filling the stands of Singapore National Stadium, it is an exhilarating carnival-style weekend packed with fun activities and entertainment for all ages, on top of the actions from the world’s top rugby sevens squads.
 

 

South Korea: Best Place to Go for an Enriching Easter Vacation

Songpa-gu, Seoul
 
Fancy seeing a city blanketed in cherry blossoms in person, but Japan is a little out of reach for your budget? South Korea is your best destination. South Korea is bursting with tourist attractions where visitors can experience a harmonious mix between cultural heritage and modern culture. Stepping away from popular destinations such as Seoul, one can learn about the Korean heritage, experience a slower way of life and enjoy some of Korea’s magnificent outdoor gems.
  

Spring flower and cherry blossom festivals can be found in many cities during Easter. Among those, the Jeju Canola Flower Festival is one of the most scenic hotspots where visitors will find fields upon fields of bright yellow canola flowers as well as cherry blossoms lining some of the fields – talk about killing two birds with one stone. Jeju Island is also known for the dol hareubang volcanic stone statues, which alone draw hundreds and thousands of visitors to the island all year round. 

If you want an in-depth understanding of Korea’s culture and history, the city of Gyeongju is one not to be missed. Once the capital of the ancient kingdom Silla between 57 BC and 935 AD, Gyeongju is described by UNESCO as the museum without walls for its rich cultural heritage, historical architecture and archaeological sites. Lying on the southeast coast of South Korea, the tranquil city is perfect for those who want to enjoy a slower-paced Easter vacation and get to know Korea beyond its modern metropolis and the charm of its pop culture.

With the mild weather in April, travellers will find the perfect opportunity to dress in hanbok, South Korea’s traditional attire. Although it is now mostly only worn by locals on special occasions, such as weddings and national holidays, there is no shortage of hanbok rental and photoshoot experiences in most major cities in South Korea for tourists to re-enact their favourite K-drama scenes and take home a special memory from their Easter vacation.
 

Smart Tips:

  • April is the transition from winter to spring with an average range in temperature of 7℃ to 18℃. It will be slightly chilly and humid with occasional rainfall. Pack a mix of comfortable t-shirts and long sleeves, long pants or leggings, and bring a light jacket for early mornings and night times. A lot of the places will require quite a bit of a walk, so comfortable walking shoes will be good to have.
  • While a pre-departure Covid-19 test is no longer needed to enter South Korea, visitors are required to take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and submit the test result via the Q–code website.

Hong Kong: Best Place to Go for a Lively, Cosmopolitan City

 

Hong Kong is one of the best places to go for Easter vacation with the abundance of delightful cuisine, exciting entertainment, ample cultural happenings and festivities. As a legacy of the city’s colonial era, Easter is celebrated widely in Hong Kong. It is a 3-day public holiday that runs from Good Friday to Easter Monday. For the Christian community that makes up around 1.3 million of the population (as of 2021), Easter services are held in many of the city’s churches.

Photo credit: @K11MUSEA (Facebook)
 
But for most in the city, it is an enjoyable long weekend packed with exciting holiday specialities and special offers from shops, restaurants and hotels – themed brunches and afternoon teas, hotel staycation deals, theme park promotions, you name it. The commercial aspect of Easter is one that’s been strongly rooted in the city. You’ll find large installations and decorations in most shopping malls and dedicated corners in supermarkets stocked with Easter chocolate bunnies and eggs.
 
The Lion Rock
 
April in Hong Kong tends to be warm, with average temperatures ranging from 21℃ to 26℃. It is one of the last chances to explore one of the many trekking trails before the scorching summer heat arrives. Some iconic trails include the Lion Rock Hiking Trail in Sha Tin, Lantau Peak Trail in Lantau Island, Devil’s Peak Train in Lei Yue Mun and Ngong Ping Train in Ngong Ping.
 
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Photo credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board 
 
Art Basel Hong Kong, the largest international art fair in the city, showcases a remarkable array of premier galleries form Asia and beyond. This prestigious event offers a comprehensive view of the astonishing diversity of the Asia Pacific region through modern and contemporary artworks created by  both established and emerging artists. 
 
This year, Art Basel Hong Kong return in full force, presenting 243 premier international galleries. The exhibition encompasses artworks of the highest quality, spanning various market segments. Visitors can explore a wide range of artisitic expression, from 20th-century masters to established contemporary artists and the most exciting emerging voices in the art world. 
 
Notable highlights of this year's event include the expanded show sectors of Encounters and Kabinett, offering immersive and curated experiences. Additionally, an ambitious on-site and citywide program awaits attendees, providing enriching opportunities to engage with art beyond the exhibition space. 
 
Date: 28-30 March 2024 
Time: 2-8pm 28-29 March 
          1-7pm 30 March 
Website: www.artbasel.com/hong-kong
 
  • Easter is a time for family travel. Keeping the little ones entertained when mum and dad want some downtime can be tricky. Luckily, many hotels in Hong Kong offer festive activities and special dining menus in celebration of Easter. From Easter egg hunts inside the hotel, egg painting workshops to meeting an actual Easter bunny, parents can surely kick back and enjoy some much-needed R&R. 
  • Why stop at visiting just one city? Double or even triple the fun by ticking off two or three destinations that have been sitting on your bucket list now that we’re finally back on the road again! Take advantage of Hong Kong’s vast connectivity – all the cities we’ve mentioned are around a 4-hour flight (or less!) from Hong Kong. 
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Photo credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board 
 
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has collaborated with the renowned international art collective teamLab to bring you the captivating 'teamLab: Continuous' exhibition. This extraoridnary exhibition can be experienced at Tamar Park and Central and Western District Promenade (Central Section). Prepare to be mesmerized by hundreds of vibrant luminous installations that continuously transform in color and sound as visitors interact with them. Even the trees in the park join in the spectacle, responding with shifting colored lights and sounds. The exhibition stretches across the lawns of Tamar Park and extends to the Victoria Harbour, showcasing the lively and dynamic harborfront areas of Hong Kong. 
 
Date: 25 March - 2 Jun 2024 
Venue: Tamar Park & the Central and Western District Promenade 
Website: www.museums.gov.hk/en/web/portal/artharbour.html

 

 
Travel smart and travel safely as travel rebounds to pre-pandemic levels. Explore Hong Kong with ease during your Easter vacation by taking advantage of Hotel ICONs convenient location in the centrally-connected yet safe and tranquil neighbourhood of Tsim Sha Tsui East.
 
Offering the perfect Hong Kong harbour view, delicious local and international cuisine, modern and elegantly adorned suites, heartfelt services, a stylish pool and spa floor, and thoughtful and sustainable details, Hotel ICON will be the perfect Easter vacation stay for you and your loved ones.
 
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