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Kawazu is a town located on the east coast of Izu Peninsula, facing Sagami Bay and the Pacific Ocean, in Shizuoka Prefecture. The town has a temperate maritime climate characterized by hot summers and short cool winters, with the weather moderated by the effects of the warm current offshore. Parts of the town are within the limits of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The area is noted for a large number of hot springs.
Due to warm temperature, Kawazu cherry blossoms bloom from early February through early March, for about a month. The Kawazu cherry trees have the characteristic of large pink flowers. Kawazu Cherry Trees were first discovered in Kawazu in the 1950s. They were then systematically planted across the city by the various neighborhoods of the city, mostly along the Kawazu River, which flows west of Kawazu Station. A short walk from the river, the original Kawazuzakura tree that led to the fame of this sakura variety stands in a residential district. Visitors can see the over 60 year old tree up close. The Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival is held every year from February 10 through March 10. Despite the cold weather, numbers of visitors enjoy the cherry blossom viewing. Rows of festival stalls offer a wide variety of food and souvenirs. The cherry trees are beautifully illuminated at night and captivate anyone who sees them. Yellow rape blossoms which open at about the same time as the Kawazuzakura add to the lovely scenery.
Early Hanami in Izu Peninsula
Japanese Cherry Blossoms and Forecast
Most known for its green tea production
Cave full of marvelous rock formations, limestones, stalagmites and stalactites