Among the cherry blossoms there are some that welcome full-bloom in the early season – Kawazu Zakura! Compared to the other varieties they bloom for a short period of time, but you can fully enjoy the large and beautiful pink flowers at the time of full-bloom.
Every year from mid-February through March, in Kawazu (Izu) will be held the “Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival”. The highlights are the sakura petals that fall on the water’s surface making the Kawazu River feel more elegance or the light-ups that reveal us a fantastic landscape, different from the daytime.
source : www.kawazu-onsen.com/sakura
“But Izu is a bit far away, isn’t it?” There is a chance to enjoy the Kawazu Zakura, even for you. And that is the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden!
Since it’s close to Shinjuku Station the access is very easy and you can leisurely walk around the spacious garden. I also recommend bringing some Bento (Japanese packed meals) and have a picnic. Because it is a Japanese traditional garden, let’s be sure not to overlook it! ^^
Naitō-Machi 11, Shinjuku-ku,Tōkyō-to,
About a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Shinjuku-Gyoenmae Station
About a 10-minute walk from JR (or other), Shinjuku Station
tel : 03-3350-0151
9:00am - 4:00pm (Closed down at 4:30pm)
Closed days: Every Monday (in the case of a Monday national holiday, the next day is also a holiday), New Year (12/29 – 1/3)
※ From March 25th to April 24th, from November 1st to 15th, Mondays are also openedEntrance Fee: General public (over 15 years) 200 yen
Elementary and junior high school students 50 yen Infants Free
Sakura is a symbol of Japan and it represents the spirit of Japanese people’s love and honor. By all means, let's go to see the stunning cherry blossoms from the early season! ^^
Translated by : Sirbu Ioana