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Happy Spring Festival | NAMEGAWA
February 9, 2019 @ 08:00 – April 6, 2019 @ 17:00
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 that period is from February 9th until March 31st.
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 9th. Witch hazel is coming into bloom there and should be peaking on the 9th. 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.
Until March 19th the restaurants will have limited edition food available. The central restaurant has an apple pizza and the Tenbou (view) restaurant has a “Happy Ume plum set”. The central shop and the shop at the botanical garden will be selling spring parfait.
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:
Spring Festival 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:
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