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Nagatoro Wintersweet Festival 2019
January 12 @ 08:00 - February 24 @ 17:00Free
The 2019 Nagatoro Wintersweet season was declared “open” on January 4th this year. Wintersweet, which are also referred to as Allspice in English, are “robai / roubai” in Japanese. The wintersweet in Nagatoro are currently coming into mid bloom and will be in full bloom within the next couple of weeks. In light of that, the dates for the 2019 Nagatoro Wintersweet festival have been confirmed:
The 2019 Nagatoro Wintersweet festival will take place from Saturday January 12th to Sunday February 24th. The plum blossom festival will overlap for two days, February 23rd and 24th, but from mid February you should be able to see wintersweet and plum blossoms simultaneously.
During the period of the wintersweet festival there will be several events and hiking outings held in the Nagatoro area. The main area of the festival is the Nagatoro Hodosan Wintersweet Garden at the summit of Mt Hodo. There are approximately 3000 wintersweet in the park. In full bloom they not only look pretty, but smell gorgeous too.
You can read a first hand account of visiting the wintersweet in Nagatoro in English on a local’s blog here.
Nagatoro Hodosan wintersweet garden access
There is a free shuttle bus service 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. The bus goes from Nagatoro station to the ropeway station at the foot of the Mt Hodo. Please note that the ropeway does not run everyday:
You can take the ropeway up Mt Hodo to get to the Wintersweet garden on weekends. 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.
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