-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
Aiming for Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms, my friends and I went on an overnight trip to East Izu from last Friday. I visit the area during New Years holiday last month with one of the other friends and her mother(the previous post).
The Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms have become famous as some of the earliest-blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo's outlying areas. (Typically, cherry trees bloom in Tokyo between late March and early April.) The flowers' outstanding characteristic is that they are large and pink. There are 8,000 cherry trees in Kawazu, and the area holds "The Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival" in the blossoming season, to which a million both Japanese and foreign tourists come. (Web site of Kawazu tourist agency)
Usually, the cherry blossoms in Kawazu are at their peak in the fourth week of February (so I arrange this trip), but since temperatures have been comparatively low this year, the trees are late blooming. Unfortunately, with the exception of a few, just about two-tenths of the blossoms are in bloom as of yesterday (2.25.2012).
However, walking around the town was fun in its own way. The rain stopped when we arrived there, and the station road where many food stands selling various local food was bustling with tourists. Some of cherry trees along the road were in bloom. I saw many foreign tourists, and I wished they could see full-blown flowers.
We stayed at a Japanese inn and hot-spring facing the sea in Atagawa. I wanted to take up our lodgings in Kawazu or Inatori (the next town to Kawazu) as I visited Atagawa last month, but inns in that town were all booked up until the end of February. I realized that Japanese really love and go to see cherry blossoms.
Though the inn had the bathing area with the view toward the ocean, we went to a famous beachfront outdoor hot spring bath called Takaiso-no-yu. I wanted to go to it last month but didn’t have a chance.
While a bathtub in the foreground is for female, one in the back is for male.
The view and scenery from the bathtub is spectacular, you know!