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Early Spring Festival 2020 | NAMEGAWA
February 8 @ 09:30 - March 29 @ 16:30Yen450
Every year Shinrin Park host one of the longest “spring festivals”. It is not a festival in the sense of a “matsuri”, but a spring festival celebrating flora and fauna with some seasonal activities and events planned during the period. This year, 2020, that period is from Saturday February 8th until Sunday March 29th.
Flowers in bloom during the Early Spring Festival include:
- 500 plum blossoms from mid February to early March
- Snow drops from January to February
- 25,000 fukushou (Pheasant’s Eye?) from mid until the end of February
- 18,000 early blooming tulips from early March to the start of April
- Japanese camellia from end of March to early April
- Japanese witch hazel in February
- Cyclamen persicum from February to March
- Christmas Roses in March
- Crocus in March
For the opening weekend they don’t have a particular spring fair event, but there is a guided tour of the botanical gardens on Saturday 8th. They are also starting the annual Mushi Mushi Museum on that date and it will stay open until June 28th.
Witch hazel is coming into bloom there and should be peaking on the day. There are some wintersweet in the park too which are already currently blooming. In another part of the park there are snowdrops in bloom. Later in the month (of February) the plum blossoms will be in bloom in the plum garden. March will bring other flowers and blooms such as tulips and cherry blossoms.
More information about the plum blossoms at Shinrin Park;
During the Happy Spring Festival period there is a Happy Spring Park event in the middle of March that is very good. More information on this blog:
Early Spring Festival Shinrin Park Information
Hours: 9.30 am to 4 pm in February and until 5 pm from March
Cost: no cost for the “festival”, but there is an entrance charge into Shinrin Park of 450 yen for adults, children go free.
The nearest train station is Shinrin Koen Station on the Tobu Tojo line. You can get a bus to the park from there.
From Shinrin-koen Station on the Tobu Tojo Line
From the official site:
Get off at Shinrin-koen Station on the Tobu Tojo Line, and there is a bus stop and taxi stand at the North Exit. It is approx. a 3 km (approx. 40 min.) walk to the Shinrin Park’s South Gate. Bus: To Shinrin Park South Exit (Running on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays only), Get on the direct bus to Shinrin-koen,and get off at the last stop To Kumagaya Sta. South Exit and To Rissho Daigaku, for South gate get off at Namerikawa Chugakko, and walk approx. 5 min. For West Gate, Get off at Shinrin-koen West Ent., and it is directly before you
From Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line
From the official site:
Get off at Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line, and there is a bus stop at the South Exit. BUS: To Shinrin-koen Station, For West Gate: Get off at Shinrin-koen West Ent., and it is directly before you. For South Gate: Get off at Shinrin-koen South Ent., and it is directly before you
There is plenty of parking. It is charged by the day. At the central gate there is additional independent parking lots. They are cheaper than the park’s parking costs. However, they are normally only open on weekends and public holidays. And some of them are quite a distance from the gate. Bear in mind that this particular gate is also quite far from the nearest play area. More information on Shinrin Park:
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