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Hodosan Plum Blossom Festival | NAGATORO

February 23 @ 09:00 - March 17 @ 17:00

Plum blossom festival nagatoro

The 2019 Nagatoro Plum Blossom season should open around mid February. The 2019 Nagatoro Plum Blossom festival will take place from Saturday February 23rd to Sunday March 17th (St Patrick’s day!).  The plum blossom festival will overlap with the wintersweet festival for two days, February 23rd and 24th. But from about mid February you should be able to see both the wintersweet and plum blossoms simultaneously.

During the period of the plum blossom festival there will be several events and hiking outings held in the Nagatoro area. The main area of the festival is the Nagatoro Hodosan Plum Garden on the side of Mt Hodo. There are approximately 470 plum blossoms in this area of 170 varieties.

Hodosan Plum Blossom Festival Nagatoro access

Hodosan Plum Blossom Festival Nagatoro Ropeway

There is a free shuttle bus service from Nagatoro Station to a ropeway that will bring you to the top of Mt Hodo.
By foot it is about a 20 minute walk to the start of the trails that will bring you up Hodosan. The hike takes about an hour.

The bus goes from Nagatoro station to the ropeway station at the foot of the Mt Hodo for the duration of the festival (with the exception of March 3rd) between 10 am and 4 pm.
The bus goes every 15 to 30 minutes.

You can take the ropeway up Mt Hodo to get to the Wintersweet garden on weekends. Please note that the ropeway does not run everyday. The ropeway costs 820 yen round trip (410 yen one way) for anyone over six years old. The ropeway hours for the weekends from January 12th to February 24th (there will be new hours after that date) are outlined below, but the cable car only operates on weekdays when there are a lot of visitors. And on weekends, the ropeway goes more frequently if there are a lot of visitors.

Nagatoro wintersweet allspice robai
Image from Chichibu Railway’s official site

More information on the ropeway:


Hours from the official Chichibu Railway website. Featured image on post preview from the official Nagatoro Tourist Association Website.

For more flower and other events in Saitama please see the main event pages.

More information on the Hodosan ropeway:

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February 23 @ 09:00
March 17 @ 17:00
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