Miura Kaigan Sakura Festival (cherry blossoms)
※In 2021, the event will be canceled to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection.
The Miura Kaigan Sakura Festival is held along the railroad from Miurakaigan Station to Komatsugaike Park from the middle of February to the middle of March. There are approximately 1000 kawazu-zakura trees planted along the railroad. Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms are known to bloom early and have large pink flowers. Flowers also bloom at the same time so you can enjoy the beautiful colorful scenery. At the tents in front of the station, local products such as fresh vegetables are sold.
For a scenic view, stand on the overpass near Miurakaigan Station where you can observe the cherry blossoms and passing trains from above. The juxtaposition of the red trains against the soft pink flowers is a coveted view. Trains run fairly frequently, so you will have many opportunities to snap the perfect shot.
Bear witness to the cool breeze and gentle blossoms of early spring at Miura Coast Cherry Blossom Festival. Held for over 15 years, this festival takes place from Miura Kaigan Station to Komatsugaike Park in Kanagawa Prefecture. For two weeks in mid-February every year, the Kawazu cherry trees bloom much earlier than the rest of the country’s cherry trees. Take a leisurely fifteen-minute stroll from Miura Kaigan Station on the Keikyu Line down to Komatsugaike Park where the early-blooming trees line the streets and park. Fall into a world of fluffy bright pink blossoms that make you feel like you are in a picture book floating above the clouds. There are about one thousand Kawazu trees planted along the one-kilometer walk, and the path around Komatsugaike Park’s pond makes for the perfect vantage point to tree gaze. Of course, cherry trees are not all there is to see; gentle rape blossoms also bloom along the railroad tracks, which only add to the vivid springtime scenery. And what festival would be complete without some spirits, the alcoholic kind. Try Miura’s special radish-based shochu spirits. A nice drink will certainly warm up your early spring walk. Along with a drink, why not try a dish or two from the many food stalls lining the streets? From takoyaki (octopus dumplings) to taiyaki (a fish-shaped pancake filled with custard or red-bean paste), you can discover the wonderful flavors of Japan’s festival foods. Mochi dango and grilled chicken skewers are also among the fan favorites. Visit again after 5 pm to witness the cherry blossoms glowing on their gently swaying branches. Like cotton candy against a sea of stars, you’ll experience a completely different atmosphere when you see these flowers at night. Please keep in mind that the parking lots around the venue are limited and will be overly crowded—therefore, it is best to take public transportation when visiting the festival. If you want to avoid the groups of people, then weekdays are the best time to visit as it tends to become more crowded on weekends.
During the cherry blossom festival, enjoy the fantastic illuminated night cherry blossoms that emit a different atmosphere from daytime. In particular, the 1km illumination along the railroad track that runs from the station to Komatsugaike Park is spectacular. Please check the Miura City website for details on the light-up.
JR Yokosuka Line, Yokosuke Station / Keikyu Line, Maborikaigan Station