What are Kawazu Cherry Blossoms?
Many think of the Japanese spring when talking about “cherry blossoms”. But did you know there is a kind of cherry blossom tree that will be in full bloom while it’s still cold?
Kawazu Cherry Blossom trees flower early in February. The best place to see them is in Kawazu, Shizuoka prefecture.
The most common cherry blossom in Japan is called “somei-yoshino, and its color is a very pale pink. But the Kawazu trees have a more vivid color, with very colorful and beautiful flowers.
They were originally blooming quietly along the Kawazu River 60 years ago, but they were carefully nurtured and their number increased. Now they make a 3km long cherry blossom tunnel along Kawazu River.
When to best enjoy them
The “Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival” is usually held from the beginning of February to the beginning of March, giving you one full month to come and view the trees.
When the trees are in full bloom, it will be a major cherry blossom viewing spot attracting 1.5 million people! We recommend going on a weekday to avoid the biggest part of the crowd.
The scenery along the river is unique because field mustards are in full bloom under the Kawazu trees during the cherry blossom peak. It makes it a great walking spot, but also gives plenty of beautiful pictures opportunities.
For more information, visit the town’s official website: “Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival” (Japanese text only)
All pictures in this article are provided by the Shizuoka Tourism Association.
155-2 Hama, Kamogun Kawazucho, Shizuoka Pref.