Last weekend Naomi and I headed out to Matsuda, an unassuming little town on the way to Odawara, which comes to life once a year thanks to its stunning sakura grove. Like those in Atami, these cherry trees bloom early, while their buds are thinner and more delicate. Blooming vibrant yellow brocolinni planted at the roots of the trees add another layer of beauty to the place. The tunnel of soft pink blossoms and the warm sun rays sifting through the dainty flower petals create an ethereal atmosphere. You can also enjoy some local eats at the food stalls including fresh mikan (tangerine) and sakura flavored treats. On clear days, you can have an unobstructed view of Mt. Fuji too! You can get to Matsuda on a Rapid Express or Express Train on Odakyu Line from Shinjuku Station, the journey shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes to an hour. The duration of the festival is February 11 – March 2nd. It can be combined on a day trip to Odawara which boasts with one of the biggest and most beautiful plum gardens in Japan. If you are traveling to Japan in February, but still want to see and enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms, then Matsuda is definitely worth a visit since its so close to Tokyo. Hope you get to go!
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Amazing 😍🌸 I need to visit next year during Hanami season!
Emma, you definitely should. Japan during sakura season is amazing 🌸
What stunning photographs of the Cherry Blossoms! Thanks for sharing with us <3
Thanks for this beautiful, floral post. I have cherry blossom on the brain today for some reason! I have just started a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to have a look? Have a cherryblossomtastic day, Sam :)
Sam, how wonderful. I’d love to have a look! Thank you so much for reading! xx
This looks amazing. I am making my way to DC to see the cherry blossom festival, but it is on my bucket list to get to Japan to see them in all their splendor. Mt. Fuji isn’t looking bad either :) Stunning photos!
Thank you so much!! I’ve heard wonders about DC in spring, but I’m never there during that time. Hopefully one day! And hope you get to see cherry blossom in Japan soon! xx
Wow! All that beautiful pink!
It was stunning!
Oh my! You had me at the very first photo, and then it jut got better and better. There is just so much beauty in those blossoms! :)
Thank you Marcella, so so happy you liked the photos. These blooms are truly stunning:)
Yay! So good to see these beautiful flowers
So beautiful sakura! I really have to go next time I visit since last time I went to Tokyo, I could barely see the fuji as it was engulfed by a thick mist :(
Thank you! I hope you get to see both Fuji and cherry blossoms next time you visit!
Oh what a glorious sight, especially this early! In Switzerland it’s still far from spring. The slide for the kids looks like so much fun!
Ooooh I’d love to visit Switzerland some time, so much unique beauty in your country :)
The cherry blossom is so beautiful
Indeed they are :)