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5 Places to Enjoy an Early Spring in Shizuoka

Ready for winter to be over? From as early as mid-January you can experience early Spring cherry blossoms & blue skies in these 5 sunnier regions in Shizuoka.


During early Spring in Shizuoka you can enjoy Kawazu Sakura in full bloom in the coastal town of Kawazu or take a stroll among the daffodil fields along the coast in Shimoda.

Marvel at the contrast of the bright yellow nanohana flowers against the brilliant pink Sakura blooms in Minami Izu or wander through plum blossoms in Atami or Kakeagawa.

 1. KAWAZU SAKURA – Atami Station

The small coastal town of Kawazu on the South-East coast of Izu Peninsula has become one of the most famous spots in Japan for cherry blossoms.

This is due to the fact that the particular type of cherry blossom (named after the town) “Kawazu-zakura”  blossom a full 6 weeks before any other in Japan and tend to bloom longer than some of the other types.

So if you are in Japan between mid-February and mid-March early Spring in Shizuoka gives you the chance to experience the iconic Japanese cherry blossom.

During the cherry blossom season in Kawazu thousands of visitors flock to this small onsen town and wander along the river enjoying a cherry blossom themed festival.

2. SHIMODA DAFFODILS – Atami Station

While much of Japan is blanketed in snow, or battling the cold winds of mid-January, at the Southern Tip of Izu Peninsula visitors are enjoying spring-like conditions at the annual Tsumegasaki Daffodil Festival.

Held annually from mid January to mid February this festival in the historic town of Shimoda is a chance for people to get outdoors into nature and enjoy feel like Spring is on its way.

The winds in this part of Japan mid Winter can be fierce but if you get it on a good day a walk along this stretch of coast is possibly the best way to shake off any mid-Winter blues LEARN MORE.



If soaking in an onsen, wandering the halls of centuries-old ryokan in a Japanese Yukata and slippers, and feasting on fresh seafood with grated wasabi root paired with Japanese sake is your idea of the best way to refresh then the Izu Peninsula is for you.

Short on time, Atami Onsen is just 40 mins from Tokyo Station on the Tokaido bullet train and within an hour you could be soaking in a tub.

If you are looking for seclusion try Shuzenji Onsen town and if you are looking to get as far away as possible try some of the onsens on Izu's East Coast such as Ito City and Kawazu. 


During the Summer months, Izu Peninsula comes alive as families and sun-seekers make their way to some of the more famous beaches in Izu such as Shimoda's Shirahama and Minami Izu's Yumigahama Beach.

Surfing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and other ocean activities are popular with visitors and there are a number of operators that offer tours in these areas.


One of the biggest appeals of the Izu Peninsula is that, despite its proximity to Tokyo, there is a real sense that you are in a way off the grid, exploring somewhat uncharted areas of Japan. 

Explore the rugged coastline of Nishi Izu with stunning views of Mt Fuji.


3. MINAMI IZU NANOHANA – Atami Station

The Southern most tip of Izu Peninsula is famous for its bright yellow “Nanohana” or Rapeseed Flower.

From mid-February through to mid-March each year the Nanohana and Kawazu sakura trees that align the Aono River blossom at the same time and provide an amazing feast of colors.

A Shizuoka in Spring color palette is made up of blue skies, pink sakura, yellow rapeseed blossoms and green hills to replaces the grey skies of Winter. 

4. ATAMI PLUM BLOSSOM – Atami Station 

Japan is well-known throughout the World for its cherry blossoms but not many people realize that the plum blossom is also ubiquitous throughout the country.

Plum blossoms tend to come in a variety of colors including white and pink similar to the cherry but can also be a dark red and sometimes even yellow.

The plum blossom normally blossoms in mid-February and the flowers will last longer the short-lived cherry blossom flowers.

Atami Onsen town has an annual plum and cherry blossom festival that starts in mid-January and goes all the way through to mid-March.

Along the Ito River the cherry blossoms are lit up and you can dip your feet in the foot-onsen, relax and enjoy the view – More Info.


Kakegawa’s Tatsuo Shrine and Hamamatsu Okuyama Kogen Botanical Park are both famous for their “Shidare Ume” or weeping Plum Blossom.

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