Japan is famous for it’s cherry trees. The cherry blossoms
(sakura) are deeply involved in japanese culture. The floral imagery reflects in
japanese paintings, film, poetry and even in their currency. Beside it’s
astounding beauty, the sakura symbolizes life, death and renewal.
- The best months for cherry blossoms in Japan
- Where to see cherry blossoms in Japan
- Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival in Izu Peninsula
- How to get to the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival
Which months are the best for cherry blossoms in Japan?
The blooming of cherry blossoms is a spectacle but exceptionally brief. Hanami is mostly related to the weeks between late march and early april. The cherry blossom season is considered to only endure a few days of fully bloom. But there are less common, more traditional and rural regions in Japan, where visitors can enjoy the blooming of cherry blossoms earlier and longer. At the Izu Peninsula, about 2.5 hours from Tokyo, people can enjoy watching the bright pink blossoms already start blooming in february until may.
Where to see cherry blossoms in Japan? The best area for Hanami – Visit Izu Peninsula
There are many events in Japan, which take place during Sakura season. While many families and friends are gathering in large groups for a few days of Sakura to the big cities like Tokyo or Kyoto, there’s an insider tip for watching the blooming cherry blossoms (hanami) for a longer duration. This area is known as the Izu Peninsula.
Beside of it’s volcanic hot springs (Onsen), which are very popular in Japan, and the warm winter climate, Izu Peninsula offers visitors scenic views over the ocean and especially one of the earliest blooming cherry trees and cherry blossom festivals in Japan.
A day at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival – Izu Peninsula
The Kawazu-Sakura has become famous because as one of the earliest blooming cherry trees in Tokyo’s outlying areas. While Tokyos cherry trees are blooming between end of march and early april, the Kawazu Sakura starts to bloom earlier around early february and early march. The Kawazu Sakura are characterzised by its large petals and bright pink colour. There are 8,000 cherry trees in Kawazu.
The Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival offers further entertaining aspects for visitors. Besides walking next to the river
admiring the blooming cherry blossoms sorrounding you, visitors can choose between many different japanse dishes like fish sticks, noodles and sweets, as well as entertainment programs.
Illuminating the cherry blossom trees
Everyday, between 6PM and 9PM, the Kawazu Sakura trees are lighten up underneath the Loop Bridge. Walk along the 2.4 mile long riverside to fully enjoy the lights and the cherry trees.
Despite the weather and colder months, one million people are visiting the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival located in Izu Peninsula during the period of one month. For travellers, who want to prevent the crowds during hanami season in big cities and who are travelling Japan during the months of february and march, this is the opportunity to experience the magic of cherry blossoms in rural Japan as it’s best.
The Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan – Dates
The Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival is held every year from early February until early March. As expected, the cherry blossoms fully bloom at the beginning of march.
Further information about the Cherry Blossom Festival and other attractions around Kawazu in Izu: http://www.kawazu-onsen.com/eng
How to get to the Kawazu cherry blossom festival from TOH in Izu Okawa
From ‘The Other House’ in Izu Okawa, you easily reach the Cherry Blossom Festival by train. Within about 25 minutes and
six train stopps you arrive at Kawazu station. From there, it’s only a short street crossover to the Festival’s entrance.
Stay at ‘The Other House’ in Higashiizu-Okawa and enjoy the earliest blooming cherry trees in Japan!