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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Written by Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

Welcome to my site! I'm Nano, a serial expat trotting the globe to discover wonderful places and savor the gastronomic treasures of the world. Via Travel With Nano B. I'm spilling my love for travel and detailing my international culinary adventures one lil' blog post at a time. Currently based in Japan, I'm on a quest to explore this magnificent country and share my unique insight with you all. Worldly adventures, gourmet discoveries, cultural experiences, wanderlust photography, savvy travel tips - find it all on my page. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have you here reading!


  1. 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 :)

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