The time for cherry blossom, sakura, viewing is just around the corner in Japan. An early cherry blossom, kawazu sakura, has already been in full bloom in Kawazu, located in Shizuoka, since the end of February. Now, slowly as the temperature increases, many places around Japan start to have beautiful pink cherry blossoms at full bloom. Likewise in Izukogen, the streets from Izukogen Station annually showcase beautiful cherry blossoms, which attract people from all over the place. Let’s get ready for beautiful cherry blossom viewing in Izukogen!
You can enjoy cherry blossoms twice in Shizuoka
In Izukogen, which is located approximately a 25 minute train ride from Kawazu, you get to see a few of these Kawazu Zakura blooming at few places around the town. However, Izukogen is known for its beautiful cherry blossoms that generally bloom from the beginning to mid-April, which are different from the other kinds that you’ll see. These cherry blossoms in Izukogen are so spectacular that Izukogen is called the village of cherry blossoms because of the tunnels of cherry blossoms that line the streets of Izukogen attracting people from all over Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Tokyo, and other surrounding areas.
Izukogen as the cherry blossom village
Get a snack and walk under the cherry blossoms
If you are walking under the arch of the cherry blossoms in Izukogen, why don’t you try some of the local specials? Ichao is Izukogen’s local cream puff store, which is convenient and ideal for those viewing the cherry blossoms because the cream puffs are designed for those who want to eat while you walk around. These cream puffs are shaped like a cone so that you can hold it while you walk around! The store is only open Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, therefore if you are visiting during the weekend or on a Monday, you might want to get a cream puff, have something sweet, and walk under the cherry blossoms. They have special flavors as well as regular cream puffs, so you might want to try green tea and the season’s specials if you are adventurous.
Enjoy Izukogen’s unique museums
Experience spring in Japan by visiting Izukogen
Spring is a very special time of the year for Japanese people because school and work start during this season. For this reason, when the cherry blossoms bloom it is very significant for Japanese people because they symbolize new beginnings and bring hope for the future. If you are visiting Japan during March or April, hopefully you’ll have the chance to see the cherry blossoms from where you’re staying t. If you happen to be in Tokyo, you can always make a day trip to Izukogen or have a two day mini trip so that you get to enjoy these beautiful seasonal flowers, and perhaps the fresh local seafood, a relaxing onsen, and the unique museums. It will be a very luxurious mini trip out of Tokyo for sure!
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