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Cherry blossoms come in early spring in Kawazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. Travel to the seaside to the annual Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival to see sakura, try cherry blossom treats, and celebrate the season. The 2020 festival is from February 10 to March 10.
Kawazu is famous for its early cherry blossoms that shroud the townscape and riverbanks in delicate pink during mid-February and mid-March. The flowers are commemorated with the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival, held around the peak bloom season each year.
As this is one of the earliest cherry blossom events in Japan, the festival attracts many visitors with rows of lovely blooming cherry trees, nighttime illuminations, and food stalls. Located in Shizuoka Prefecture, visitors can conveniently access the flowers from Tokyo via train, making it ideal for a day trip.
Kawazu-zakura is a special type of cherry blossom that blooms around early February, earlier than other species most people are familiar with (like the classic Yoshino cherry). The flower’s name comes from the region it was founded in–Kawazu, a town by the coast of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka.
On top of their early blossoms, these flowers a last long time before they wither, generally staying in bloom for around one month. The warm coastal climate is ideal for the flowers, allowing them to thrive.
Kawazu-zakura are a shade darker and brighter than Yoshino cherries, creating a truly beautiful contrast with the blue sky on sunny days. It is no wonder why these flowers became so popular and grew in this region.
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