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CANCELLED Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival 2020
March 25 @ 08:00 - April 7 @ 17:00Free
The Kumagaya Cherry Blossoms with rapeseed flowers along the riverbank is one of Saitama’s famous images. The cherry blossom there have been celebrated since the Edo period and the area is listed as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots.
The Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival has been cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus. Important update March 5th 2020: on March 4th the Japanese Government appealed to the general public not to do hanami this year, 2020, due to the Coronavirus scare. Further to this appeal a large percentage of the sakura matsuri organizers decided to cancel their sakura matsuri events for 2020. There were several who had actually already cancelled before the public address. At this stage there are very few sakura matsuri still set to go ahead in 2020.
The sakura of Kumagaya are well renowned as one of the best places to enjoy “sakura matsuri” (cherry blossom festival) in Saitama. There are about 500 Yoshino cherry blossom trees along 2 kilometers of riverbank. During the period of the Kumagaya Cherry blossom festival the trees are lit up at night.
Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival Information
Dates: The dates for 2020 have not yet been released by the Kumagaya City office AND with the Coronavirus Outbreak there is a chance the event will not go ahead. However, if it does it is expected to take place from Wednesday March 25th until April 7th, as these are the dates the festival is usually celebrated annually regardless of the day of the week.
Light up: From 6 pm to 9 pm
Festival stalls: Approximately 50
Entrance Fee: NONE
Access: By train it is close to both the JR Kumagaya and Chichibu Railway stations. By car it is about 30 minute drive from the Higashimatsuyama Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway.
Parking: It is advised to come by public transport, but there is a temporary car park. In previous years it has been free, but that has yet to be confirmed for this year.
Other events in Kumagaya during the cherry blossom season:
Hiking from the station
There is usually a hiking event. Awaiting the details for 2020. .
Retiring the Kumagaya Sakura Yosakoi
The Kumagaya Sakura Yosakoi group have a note on their website that the dance troupe has retired and as such the popular sakura yosakoi is no longer a feature of the Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival. Kumagaya Sakura Yosakoi official website.
Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors.