This Is Where You Can See Cherry Blossoms As Early As February
No need to wait until spring.
Japan is a favorite spring destination for travelers because of its famous sakura or cherry blossoms. You’ll see blush-colored petals in full bloom during this time. But if you’ve planned a trip early this year, you can still catch cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Kawazuzakura is classified as an early blooming cherry tree in Honshu, the main island of Japan. For a month beginning from February 10 to March 10, when Kawazuzakura begins to bloom, the 30th Kawazuzakura Matsuri (the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival) is held around the Kawazu River and the town.
Go to Kawazu River and feel the early spring
Kawazuzakura features a deep pink color compared to the Yoshino cherry tree. It can be enjoyed for a long time as it blooms about a month after flowering, but the best viewing time is said to be when it is three-quarters in bloom.
On February 10, an opening ceremony is held. A women’s group of the Chamber of Commerce and the ocarina performance group will perform a new Kawazucho dance, Hanakoyomi, and an ice sculpture performance group will display ice sculptures. The area is illuminated downstream from Tatebashi in front of the Kawazu Station from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., so you can enjoy cherry blossoms at night.
Kawazuzakura in full bloom reflected on the water surface are wonderful
On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during the period, you can take a ceremonial photo with a person dressed as the Izu no Odoriko (The Izu Dancer). In addition, you can also take a stroll under the cherry blossom trees dressed as an Izu no Odoriko (reservation required), join a tour with a local guide, and go on a town tour with a tuk-tuk (tricycle taxi). Go to Kawazucho and enjoy the cherry blossom viewing and hot springs.
The 30th Kawazuzakura Festival will happen from February 10 to March 10, 2020, around Kawazu River, Kawazucho, Kamo District, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (14 January 2020)