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Nagatoro Wisteria Festival | CHICHIBU
April 27 @ 00:00 - May 6 @ 23:59Free
Nagatoro is one area renowned for wisteria. The area has naturally grown wisterias historically and is referred to as the valley of wisteria. There are about 3000 wisteria trees in the area, with the most famous around the Iwadatami. Iwadatami is also a celebrated natural phenomenon of Nagatoro and has been designated as a special natural monument of Japan.
The 2019 wisteria viewing period, known as a festival in Japan, has been set for the period from Saturday April 27th until bank holiday Monday 6th. Essentially the period of Golden Week 2019.
During that period there is only one day with an actual festival, as we know the word in English. On Saturday April 27th, the opening day of the 2019 Golden Week period, between 11 am and 1 pm they have a live performance at the famed Iwadatami.
However, the area around Iwadatami always has a festival atmosphere with temporary food stalls and an old fashioned thoroughfare where there is even a toy shooting gallery. Iwadatami is a stop on the popular kudari line boat ride and, apart from winter, the place is usually buzzing with people at the weekend. It is much quieter on a weekday.
Access Nagatoro Wisteria Festival
The festival and Iwadatami are easily accessed by public transport as they are just five minutes from Chichibu Railway Nagatoro Station.
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Featured image from the official website.