A Secret Spot For Japanese Cherry Blossom
(End Of February – Beginning Of March)
For a truly unique Cherry Festival experience destined to impress all of your friends, plan your Japanese Cherry Blossom viewing a little earlier than the crowd.
At the end of February or the beginning of March the venue is not Tokyo, but the sedate seaside town of Kawazu, located in the tranquil Izu peninsula.
The Earliest Cherry Festival Blossom
The Cherry Blossom to be found in the Tokyo fiefdoms of Ueno, Meguro, Shinjuku and Chidori-ga-Fuchi (in late-March, early-April) is largely of the Somei-Yoshino variety.
The early-blooming Cherry Blossom, however, is known as Kawazu-zakura, unmistakably linked to that beautiful Shizuoka town containing 8000 such trees.
Every year from the first week of February to the second week of March, Kawazu welcomes around a million visitors for its Cherry Blossom Festival.
Kawazu: Not just Cherry Blossom
Pink is not the only attraction when it comes to Kawazu. The outstanding natural beauty of the area inevitably makes it a popular hiking spot all year round.
Furthermore, the area is home to seven famous hot springs,and the Nanadaru “Seven Waterfalls” replete with a recently-constructed suspension bridge for more spectacular views.
It also boasts the only tunnel designated National Cultural Property of Japan (the Amagi Tunnel – the longest stone tunnel in the country) and an ultra-green wasabi field, home of the hyper-spicy Japanese horseradish.
Kawazu, is accessible via the romantic Odoriko Express train from Tokyo Station. The name ‘Odoriko’ (Dancing Girl) comes from the Romantic story, written by the Nobel novelist, Yasunari Kawabata. The Odoriko express train was created for fast travel between Tokyo and the resorts in the scenic Izu Peninsula.
The train is designed so as to give riders great visibility and a superb view. The same service also stops at Shimoda, and its wide windows offer magnificent views of the Japanese countryside.
From Tokyo by car – Tokyo (expressway) – Numazu IC – Mishima – Shuzenji – Amagitouge – Kawazu approx. 3hrs
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Nature’s Pink Gift: Cherry Blossom In Japan
Every April, the Japanese become spellbound by their country’s national flower, the sakura or Cherry Blossom Japan, whose petals roll out in delightful shades of pink.
Cue hoards – literally thousands – of families, couples and office teams rolling into parks across the country, anxious to sample the bright pink atmosphere with a beer can, o-nigiri or camera in hand (sometimes all three).
In a country especially sensitive to the workings of nature, you can be sure that changes in the seasons attract much attention. Especially, that is, when the change comes awash with color, which is exactly what happens when Winter turns to Spring.