Deep pink petals of Kawazuzakura usher in the spring a little earlier in Minami-Izu

posted on February 25, 2019

  Kawazuzakura or Kawazu cherry trees are one of the earliest blooming out of nearly 300 varieties of cherry trees in Japan. Mimami-Izu is located on the tip of the Izu Peninsula about 130 km (80 miles) south of Tokyo, where, at this time of the year, over 2 million tourists visit to enjoy the earliest opportunities to see cherry trees blooming en masse in Kawazu town and Minami-izu town. Cherry trees line the river forming an arch of deep pink over the walkway. The bright yellow rape flowers (or broccolini) of na-no-hana will add another layer of spring color to your pictures. The best viewing time will last until the first week of March. For those who may miss the chance to see Kawazuzakura in Minami-Izu, a visit to Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo might be an alternative. There are about 10 Kawazuzakura cherry trees blooming in early March. They are much less spectacular than the ones in Minami-Izu but the charm of deep pink petals will surely offer you a touch of spring.

  Below is the latest cherry blossom forecast (sakura calendar 2019) released on February 22 by the Japan Weather Association. Below are the expected dates of blooming. In Tokyo, sakura blooms are predicted to open around March 20, about a week earlier than average.

!! It is important to note that temperatures, rain and wind may affect the cherry blossom period across Japan. The dates largely depend on the weather during the last few weeks before blooming. We will be tracking the progress of the cherry blossom front.


updated on February 21, 2019

   Tokyo          Kyoto          Nagoya        Fukuoka       Kanazawa     Sendai     Sapporo

March 20    March 23     March 19      March 16      March 29      April 5       May 1


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