Unlike the sakura (cherry blossom) in Kyoto and Tokyo which typically blooming around late March and April, you also can enjoy sakura viewing as early as February. The 8,000 sakura trees in Kawazu, a town in Shizuoka Prefecture are some of the greatest spots in Japan. The outstanding characteristics of Kawazu-zakura are its large petals and the bright pink color. Sakura trees line the Kawazu River for about 4 kilometers, their flower-covered branches making an arch of deep pink over the pathways. There are bright yellow canola flowers along the riverbank, making a spectacular view of flowers with two contrastive colours. "The Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival" is held during the blooming season. Food and drink stalls are lined along the walking path offering local food and souvenirs.
Best time for viewing: Early-February to Early-March
Be mesmerized with 800,000 shibazakura (pink moss) in bloom against the backdrop of Mt Fuji! Shibazakura is a small flower with five heart-shaped petals in various shades of pink, purple and white cover the ground of a wide open area. Their different colors come together to weave a beautiful tapestry, creating a scene that is well worth the visit. Besides, visitors can enjoy a variety of delicious local dishes at the food festival. Souvenirs and an endless supply of Mt. Fuji-themed products are also available for purchase at the souvenir store.
Best time for viewing: Mid-April to Late-May
Renowned for its gorgeous fall foliage, Korankei Valley attracts visitors coming to marvel at the vibrant red and yellow leaves beautifully reflected on the Tomoe River. There are over 4,000 trees of Japanese maples including some giant ginkgo trees that paint the landscape in a stunning yellow and crimson. Along the walking path you’ll find the beautiful bridge over the Tomoe River, Taigetsukyo Bridge is the symbol and best spot to take photos at Korankei.
Best time for viewing: Early-November to Late-November