First new species of cherry tree in 100 years
In 2018, the “Kumano-zakura” (Kumano cherry) was confirmed as the first new species of wild cherry tree to be discovered in Japan in a century. These cherry trees mainly grow in the mountainous areas of the Kumano region, especially at Hongu Town in Tanabe City, and the coastal strips of Kushimoto Town and Nachikatsuura Town. They produce pink flowers from late February to mid April, flowering earlier than the “yamazakura” (Cerasus jamasakura). There are specimens of the Kumano-zakura at Ikenoyama in Kozagawa Town.
70 minutes’ walk from JR Koza Station
Mifune Matsuri Festival – a Finale of the Kumano Taisha Grand Shrine Matsuri Festival (One of the Annual Grand Festivals Held at Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine)
（Kumano Hayatama Taisha Reitai-sui, Mifune Matsuri）