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Nagatoro Cherry Blossom Festival | NAGATORO
March 23 - April 28￥200
The Nagatoro Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most popular in the whole of Saitama. It is also one of the longest, stretching from end of March to end of April. There are a total of 3000 cherry blossom trees in different locations throughout Nagatoro with two key areas of sakura lined tunnels.
The dates for 2019 cherry blossom period / festival have been set as from March 23rd until April 28th. The 2019 flyer and pamphlets are not yet ready, the below image is from 2018:
The blossoms can be separated into three groups by the rough time they bloom.
END OF MARCH CHERRY BLOSSOMS
First up is the cherry blossoms that bloom at the end of March such as the weeping cherry of Hozen Temple;
The stand alone sakura tree Iwada sakura also blooms end of March and early April. This tree is lit up at night from the end of March to early April (2019 dates not yet fixed) from dusk until 9 pm;
EARLY APRIL CHERRY BLOSSOMS
The second group which bloom from early April includes the tunnel of cherry blossom trees on Kita sakura (Kitazakura) street which are particularly renowned. You can drive through them or walk under them. The area is very busy during the season. They typically bloom early April;
These trees will be lit up around the first two weeks of April (2019 dates not yet fixed) from 5 pm to 9 pm.
MID TO END OF APRIL CHERRY BLOSSOMS
Third and last is the cherry blossoms at the foot of Mt Hodo in the area known as “Sakura Tree Lined Pathway”, which typically bloom mid to late April.
The cherry blossom period for 2019 is from April 13th to 28th, during which time you have to pay to enter this walkway and for parking. The cherry blossoms will be lit up at night during this period. It costs 200 yen for adults to enter the area, 100 yen for children over 6 years old and parking costs 500 yen.
Last year they had another event that first weekend (April 13th / 14th) in “Hana no Sato” where they offered you a chance to get your photo taken by a drone with the cherry blossom trees in the background. It is free, but they require you fill out a 1 minute questionnaire. It is not yet known if they will have this again in 2019.
As the cherry blossoms are quite spread out they have come up with a fun way to get around the cherry blossom locations. You can hire a “mobitoro” for 1500 yen for one hour during the cherry blossom season:
The area also has a fun ropeway ride that you can use to get from the base ropeway station to the top station which is just 50 metres short of the mountain’s summit:
Nagatoro Cherry Blossom Festival Access
Nagatoro is accessible on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line or by using the Chichibu Railway. There are a couple of stations where you can alight, but probably the most central is Nagatoro station. Nagatoro Station is on the Chichibu Tetsudo and Steam Locomotive Paleo Express lines. It is about 2 hours from central Tokyo. The main connecting stations to get the Chichibu Tetsudo line are Hanyu station on the Tobu Isesaki Line, Kumagaya Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen / JR Takasaki lines, Yorii station on the Tobu Tojo / JR Hachiko lines and Ohanabatake station on the Seibu Chichibu line.
The steam locomotive operates on weekends once a day:
If you are looking for somewhere to stay the Nagatoro Autocamp is near the Kitazakura Street and has different accommodation choices: