Kumano Cherry(Kumano-zakura)


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.


Ikenoyama, Kozagawa Town
Season / Time zone
Spring(February - April) / Daytime
Weather conditions
Sunny Cloudy
Frequency of appearance
According to seasons


70 minutes’ walk from JR Koza Station

Recommended spot

JR Koza Station > JR Taiji Station (Hachiro-toge Pass Trail)