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Happy Spring Festa | NAMEGAWA
April 20, 2019 @ 09:30 – May 26, 2019 @ 17:00
Every year Shinrin Park host one of the longest “spring festivals”. They split it into two. The first part “Happy Spring Festival” just finished a couple a weeks ago on April 6th. And now part two “Happy Spring Festa” starts this weekend: on Saturday April 20th. It will run until May 26th.
It is not a festival in the sense of a “matsuri”, but a spring festival celebrating flora and fauna with some seasonal activities and several events planned during the period. Currently the icelandic poppies, the nemophila and the lupine are in bloom. During this, the second half, the festa as opposed to the festival, the Golden Week celebrations also fall.
For the opening weekend they don’t have a particular spring fair event, but there are a few different events on such as horse riding through the 700,000 icelandic poppies.
However, the majority of the events and the seasonal food are available during the Golden week celebrations, such as Outdoor Park:
The splash pools will also open during that week – the start of Golden Week. And you can book a barbecue during the Golden week period too. There are three free days over Golden week as well: on April 29th, May 1st and May 4th the park will be free in for everyone.
Spring Festa Shinrin Park Access
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:General Information for Shinrin Park