Miurakaigan Cherry Blossoms

The first signs of springtime in Miura City

By Jessica A Paje    - 1 min read

The Sakura are in full bloom in Miura City! From late February to mid March, celebrate the 1,000 Kawazuzakura (the precursor to Somei-Yoshino cherry blossoms in Kanagawa prefecture) at the Miurakaigan Cherry Blossom Festival. The best way to access these beautiful cherry blossoms trees is to hop on the Keikyu Line Limited Express train bound for Misakiguchi and exit Miurakaigan Station. At the station, you can find many booths offering local produce and services. Follow the pink cherry blossom banners to guide you along the 1km path up to Komatsugaike Pond. Depending on the amount of foot traffic, the entire walk should take 15-20 minutes. Get your cameras ready because the cherry trees are waiting for you the minute you step foot off the train. Speaking of trains, how many colored trains will you see? I was able to spot a blue, red, white, and yellow train during my visit!

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Jessica A Paje

Jessica A Paje @jessica.paje

Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Yokosuka, Japan, for 5 years. In 2010, I arrived with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, “What can I do to help?” Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also went to California for 1 month, raised a monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the USA could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. I wanted them to know that the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as Japan Travel to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I’d like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here. Feel free to contact me at jessica.paje@japantravel.com. Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶

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