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Minoyama Cherry Blossoms | CHICHIBU
April 7, 2019 @ 09:00 – May 6, 2019 @ 17:00
The cherry blossom season of Minoyama in Minano Chichibu was declared open on Sunday. However, my mother-in-law went up to see them yesterday, April 9th, and it is still very early stages. Best viewing will be another week to ten days.
The official period for the 2019 cherry blossom viewing in the Minoyama park has been set as Saturday April 7th until Sunday May 6th. You can access the park from 9 am to 5 pm during this period.
The cherry blossoms of Minoyama have been nicknamed the “Mt Yoshino of the Kanto region”. There are 8000 of 97 varieties including the Yoshino variety which bloom from about mid April. There are also about 250 sakura trees of the Sato variety that bloom as late as early May.
Minoyama is also called the “forest of flowers”. Apart from the sakura cherry blossoms there are many other flowers that bloom in the park. Some roses have started to bloom there this week. The view from the park is amazing throughout the seasons.
Access Minoyama Cherry Blossoms
The hike from the nearest train station, Minano (or Oyahana) station on the Chichibu Railway, is a long one. It would take about an hour and a half on foot. By car it is about 20 minutes from the station.
By car it takes about an hour from the Hanazono Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway.
In the area
There are also late blooming cherry blossoms in Nagatoro. More information here.
Waterpark Nagatoro is also in Minano and it has river activities. If you want to stay overnight they have wood trailers of various sizes: