Kawatsu Sakura (Miura Kaigan)

While most cherry blossom trees in Tokyo bloom towards the end of March and into early April. There is a variety known as Kawatsu-sakura (河津桜) that bloom much earlier. It’s difficult to find a single location with many of the trees but one such place exists about an hour and half south of Tokyo in the Miura Peninsula near a Miura-Kalgan (三浦海岸)station. A visit in late February is usually pretty safe for nice flowers.

The city was administering a page this year (2016) but if that link doesn’t work a quick search should reveal somewhat regular photos.

The Kawatsu Sakura tends to be a lot more pink that the Someiyoshino (?) variety that is seen more commonly. Oftentimes the pink is juxtaposed with the yellow of ”Rape Blossoms” (What a terrible term for a flower) for a nice contrast.

Kawatsu Sakura (Miura Kaigan)

Kawatsu Sakura (Miura Kaigan)

Kawatsu Sakura (Miura Kaigan)

Kawatsu Sakura (Miura Kaigan)

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