Cherry blossoms, synonymous with spring, need no introduction. Blooming in sweeping fashion across the country, they hold an indelible place in the hearts of the Japanese people. The earliest-blooming variety, Kawazu-zakura, can be found in abundance in the city of Tsukumi in southern Oita, where some five thousand trees blossom amid beautiful natural surroundings and a rugged coastline.
Trees in this town on the Youra peninsula begin to bloom in early February, reaching their peak around the middle of the month. The official town logo is even a cherry blossom, reflecting their local importance, and visitors and locals alike celebrate the paradise of pink with a month-long festival each year—the Bungo-Suido (Bungo Channel) Kawazu Sakura Festival. Against a breathtaking visual backdrop of deep blue sea, visitors can marvel at the flowers and enjoy the lively events and tasty treats served up by food stalls city-wide.
Hours: The Bungo Channel Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival is held annually from early February to early March.
Address: Youra, Tsukumi City, Oita Prefecture
Airport: Oita Airport
+81 972-82-9521(Tsukumi City Tourist Association)
30 mins by car from JR Tsukumi Station.