Flowers in winter? We are still very much in the middle of winter in Japan but Shizuoka Prefecture is celebrated in all Japan as the first Prefecture to have its cherry trees blossom!
The cherry blossom flowers first open as early as February on the eastern shores of Izu Peninsula, especially in Kawazu! From then on cherry blossom fans chase their favorite flower all around and up the Prefecture until the end of May!
Sumpu Castle Park in the middle of Shizuoka City offers many possibilities for photographers whether they want to take only cherry blossoms or take them among the many trees and flower beds.
You may well plan your cherry blossom viewing in and around Sumpu Castle Park from the third week, if not the second week of March, as the weather can dramatically change here. The Shizuoka City Festival is supposed to be held at the best time for cherry blossom viewing but I wouldn’t trust such wishful thinking.
Incidentally, did you know that all the cherry trees offered by Japan to the United States during the Meiji Era originated from one single tree in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka?
“Of all places!”, you might say and I tend to agree as the occupants of Mizuochi Police Box in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, are famously hopeless in a city where’s crime is almost unknown and where the police are reduced to lurk on bicycles behind large signs to catch traffic offenders.
But many will gather in day time to share lunch. If you want to join one the many reveling parties among the flowers in the evening, make sure you remember the spot or join a group long beforehand.
|Address||1-1 Sunpujokoen, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka|
1-1 Sunpujokoen, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka
|Opening Hours||9:00-16:30 for charged facilities|
|Price Range||Free (Admission fee for Higashigomon/Tatsumiyagura: ¥200; admission fee for Momijiyama Garden: ¥150)|