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The best places to experience early spring in Izu

Get into spring early with Atamicherry blossom in January

Atami

Atami

Get into spring early with Atami cherry blossom in January

The Atami Zakura Itogawa River Cherry Blossom Festival is said to be home to the earliest-blooming cherry blossom in all of Japan. What’s more, the cherry blossom in Atami stay in bloom for a month or more. Even if you miss the Atami cherry blossom, the flowering Yoshino cherry trees around Atami Castle are a sight to behold in March.

Itogawa Path, between Chuo-cho and Ginza-cho,
Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Period: Early January to early February

Time from station15-20 minutes on foot

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Swing into the sky above
the beautiful scenery of Coeda House

Coeda House is a garden café with a panoramic view of the sea and sky, located in Akao Herb and Rose Garden (admission fees apply). The Skyward Swing designed by architect Kengo Kuma is a great spot for taking photos.

1027-8 Kamitaga, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Time from stationAbout 15 minutes by car

A spectacular 118-tier displayon the steps to Susanoo Shrine

Izu-Inatori

Izu-
Inatori

A spectacular 118-tier displayon the steps to Susanoo Shrine

Built in 1617, the steep staircase leading to Susanoo Shrine transforms into a magnificent hinadan kazari (tiered hina doll display) during this festival. In addition to hina dolls, the shrine features a hina no tsurushi kazari (hanging hina doll display) depicting famous aspects of Inatori, which has been designated as one of the three finest tsurushi kazari hanging displays in all of Japan.

15 Inatori, Higashi Izu-cho, Kamo-gun,
Shizuoka Prefecture
Period: Late February to early March

Time from stationAbout 10 minutes on foot

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Pick Shizuoka’s famous
satsuma oranges at Futatsubori in Izu

Inatori in Izu is a great place to try picking Shizuoka’s delicious satsuma oranges, and Futatsubori Fruit-picking Garden has an abundance of varieties of that can be picked from October to May. You can even try making your own satsuma orange juice.

1813-1 Inatori, Higashi Izu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture

Time from stationAbout 5 minutes by car

A beautiful river lined with Izu’s iconicearly-blooming Kawazu-zakura cherry blossom

Kawazu

Kawazu

A beautiful river lined with Izu’s iconicearly-blooming Kawazu-zakura cherry blossom

Kawazu-zakura are known as some of the earliest-blooming cherry trees in Izu.
The Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival is held in early February every year and is a truly-must see event. Take in the amazing sight of 850 trees lining the river, with some 8,000 trees across the entire area.

79-4 Hama, Kawazu-cho, Kamo-gun,
Shizuoka Prefecture
Period: Early February to early March
* The 2021 Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival has been cancelled.

Time from stationAbout 5 minutes on foot

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Receive a special shuin at Seisokuji Temple
during the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

Also known as Kappa Temple, Seisokuji Temple is a Zen Buddhist temple established in 1319 with a rich heritage of legends and objects relating to kappa (water sprites). The main temple also features a spectacular painted ceiling. If you visit during the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival, be sure to receive the special shuin (seal stamp) that is only available during this time.

256 Yatsu, Kawazu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture

Time from stationAbout 10 minutes on foot

A symphony of pink and yellow at the Cherry Tree and Canola Flower Festival

Izukyu-
shimoda

Izukyu-
shimoda

A symphony of pink and yellow at the Cherry Tree and Canola Flower Festival

Enjoy the magnificent sight of Kawazu-zakura cherry blossom together with flowering canola at the Cherry Tree and Canola Flower Festival in Minami Izu. Adorning a 2km stretch of the Aono River, the pink and yellow flowers come together in a vibrant display of color that is a feast for the eyes.

Shimogamo / Minato, Minami Izu-cho,
Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture
Period: Early February to early March

Time from stationAbout 25 minutes by bus

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Meet the dolphins
at Shimoda Aquarium!

No visit to Shimoda is complete without a trip to see the sea life. Shimoda Aquarium is a unique circular aquarium floating on the sea that lets you see dolphins up close and try feeding penguins, making it a perfect destination for families.

3-22-31, Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Time from stationAbout 10 minutes by bus

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Noka no Kimochi Izu Mikan
(100% Satsuma Orange Juice)

¥400 (incl. tax)

100% satsuma orange juice made with oranges grown in the area between Atami and Ito in Shizuoka Prefecture. Squeezed directly from the pulp with no added sugar, this juice lets you savor the true flavor of the delicious fruit.

Available on board the SAPHIR ODORIKO and at Atami Station

Izu Citrus Candy

¥240 (incl. tax)

These vitamin-rich citrus candies are made using lemons grown in Izu and the area’s famous new summer oranges. The citrus peels bring out a refreshing acidity.

Available at Atami Station

Izu Citrus Rusk

¥700 (incl. tax)

These rusks topped with special cream and chips of Izu lemon peel bring out the refreshing, bittersweet taste of lemon.

Available on board the SAPHIR ODORIKO and at Atami Station

Shio Katsuo Udon Snack

¥380 (incl. tax)

Made using shio katsuo (salted and dried bonito), these snacks are a convenient way to enjoy the flavor of shio katsuo udon, an award-winner at the Tokai/Hokuriku B-1 Grand Prix in Fuji in 2017.

Available on board the SAPHIR ODORIKO and at Atami Station

Izu New Summer Cider

¥280 (incl. tax)

Made with juice from Izu’s distinctive new summer oranges, this cider strikes the perfect balance of sweetness, acidity and the fruit’s unique aroma.

Available at Atami Station and Futatsubori Fruit-picking Garden

IZU MIKAN WINE

¥648 (incl. tax)

Made with yeast and concentrated juice from satsuma oranges grown in Shizuoka, this sweet, easy-to-drink dessert wine features a fruity flavor with hints of the sweetness of satsuma oranges.

Available at Atami Station and Izu-Inatori Station

New Summer Orange Jam

¥432 (incl. tax)

This jam is made using citrus grown in Izu alongside the area’s famous new summer oranges. It brings out the flavor of the fruit with a refreshing aroma and subtle sweetness.

Available at Atami Station

Izu Sea Mineral Bath Salts

¥308 (incl. tax)

These bath salts feature an abundance of Izu sea salt, which is rich in natural minerals. With a wide selection available, you can choose a fragrance to fit your feeling and mood.

Available at Atami Station and Izukyu-Shimoda Station

MACARON MONAKA

¥800 (incl. tax)

Adorable monaka (azuki bean paste filled wafers) in the shape of macarons make for the perfect gift. These macaron monaka also received an International Judge Award at the 2017 Japanese Souvenir Grand Prix and has been featured in magazines and television programs.

Available at Tokiwagi Yohkanten (Atami Station)

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