Blooming Cherry Blossoms Make Kawazu City Look Like A Pink Dream

If you’re sick of winter and ready for spring, head to Shizuoka’s Kawazu City, the host of one of Japan’s earliest cherry blossom festivals. As you might expect, the Kawazu trees aren’t your average cherry blossom trees. Known as the Kawazu-zakura, this breed of cherry blossom tree has a reputation of flowering before all others. Another thing that distinguishes the Kawazu-zakura is its incredibly pink hue. You’ll notice from photos that the trees in Kawazu have a much stronger pigmentation than those in Tokyo and other cities in Japan. For this reason, “The Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival”, which runs through March 10, attracts a million people each year. Cherry blossom season is depressingly short. Typically, it only lasts around two weeks, leaving a very short window for travelers to take in the beauty and, of course, capture the perfect Instagram. However, since Kawazu’s trees kick off the cherry blossom season, you could conceivably embark on a cherry blossom crawl, hopping from one budding town to the next. For the rest of us who don’t have that luxury, there’s always social media.

Blooming cherry blossoms make Kawazu city look like a pink dream

Blooming cherry blossoms make Kawazu city look like a pink dream

Blooming cherry blossoms make Kawazu city look like a pink dream

Blooming cherry blossoms make Kawazu city look like a pink dream

Blooming cherry blossoms make Kawazu city look like a pink dream

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