Spring has arrived early in the Eastern Japanese town of Kawazu, just outside of Tokyo
Image credits:?Kyodo News
The blossoms, known as?
in Japanese, typically bloom in late March or early April
Kawazu’s trees belong to a unique variety that flowers before others, typically in February
Millions of tourists flock here every year to take in the lush, romantic landscapes
Image credits:?Sankei Photo
Kawazu is located on the Izu peninsula, just 2 hours by train from Tokyo station
A small locomotive train takes passengers on a journey through fragrant aromas and gradient shades of pink
Japanese white-eye birds can be seen sipping the sweet nectar of the cherry trees all around
Cherry blossoms are highly symbolic and culturally significant in Japan
They represent the temporary beauty of life, the acceptance of karma, and the eventuality of death
At night, the trees are illuminated, and their reflections dance along the waters of the Izu peninsula.
Kochi, a south coast city, is also expected to see an early bloom this year