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Blossoms around Izu

Due to the subtropical climate Spring blossoms come early in Izu while much of Japan is still blanketed in snow.

Izu is perhaps most famous for its early flowering cherry blossoms called ‘Kawazu-zakura’ that are a neon pink color which is accentuated by bright yellow rapeseed blossoms and clear blue winter skies. 

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In Kawazu the cherry blossoms bloom as early as mid-February and attract around 2 million visitors annually.  

During the time they are in bloom Cherry Blossom Festivals are held where you can enjoy local food while strolling along the river taking in the beautiful cherry blossoms.

However, Izu Peninsula has something for the true floral enthusiasts as well with other recommended flowers and blossoms growing throughout the area.

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KAWAZU SAKURA

The highlight for blossoms on the Izu Peninsula is undoubtedly the blossoming of the bright pink "Kawazu Zakura" in early February which captures the imagination of people all over the world and has become quite a Social Media phenomenon.

Kawazu Sakura is named after the place they were first discovered - Kawazu - and you can still visit the original Kawazu Sakura tree.

For many, the blossoming of the Kawazu Sakura signifies the beginning of Spring and more importantly offers many Japanese people an opportunity to escape the winter as much of the country is still blanketed in snow.

In Izu, Kawazu Sakura blossoms are now visible in many different towns and cities but the most famous Kawazu Sakura festivals are held in Kawazu and Minami Izu.

The Sakura blossoming coincides with the bright yellow 'Nanohana' rapeseed blossoms and the bright pink and yellow contrasted against the bright blue winter skies is stunning.

 

SHIMODA BOUGANVILLEA FESTIVAL

June in Japan is traditionally the start of the rainy season and many parts of the country, including Izu, experience many consecutive days of rain before the Summer arrives in force from late July.

During this time of the year, the days are often overcast and it can be quite humid but it is a great time for the plants and flowers that thrive with all the extra precipitation.

In particular rainy season is the best time for bougainvillea and throughout the peninsula, the hills come alive with green, purple, blue, and pink.

Shimoda holds an annual bougainvillea festival in June and it is a great time to visit this leafy coastal town.

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