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Please see the grey “details box” at the bottom of each individual event for dates, hours, prices, location and external links.
Ogose Plum Blossom Festival (2020 tentative details)
February 15, 2020 @ 08:30 - March 19, 2020 @ 16:00￥300
Ogose Plum Blossom Festival – The Ogose Bairin Plum Tree Festival in Ogose Town, Saitama is considered one of the three big plum blossom festivals in the Kanto region. Last year (2019) it ran from February 16th until March 21st. Next year, in 2020, the dates will be similar. But won’t be confirmed until nearer the time. Early March is generally considered the best time to see the blossoms.
Where are the best plum blossom groves near Tokyo?
There are three great plum blossom groves of the Kanto and Greater Tokyo area. They are, in order, Kairakuen in Ibaraki, Ogose Bairin in Saitama and Soga Bairin in Kanagawa. Atami Plum Garden in Shizuoka is also considered one of the larger and more picturesque plum blossom groves commutable from Tokyo. It is also the earliest blooming plum blossom garden relatively close to Tokyo.
Ogose Bairin Event Information
In previous years the plum grove opened until 5 pm, but last year it only opened until 4 pm.
For the duration of the festival a mini steam locomotive will run through the plum blossoms, on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays only. You can ride the steam locomotive between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. It costs 200 yen per person from 2 years old up (children under two go free).
There is also live entertainment on the weekends. And the Ogose Town Mascot Umerin usually pops in for a visit. There is a small market in the park and you can buy plum blossom trees and bonsai.
Plum blossoms Ogose official event URL, map and cost in the details box at bottom of post. You can read more about visiting the plum blossom forest in English here:
Other places you can ride a mini steam locomotive in Saitama:
Or indeed a real life sized one!:
Ogose Plum Blossom Festival Access
The plum blossom grove is a 40 minute walk or you can get a bus from Ogose Station on the Hachiko Line.
Parking is 500 yen for cars, 800 yen for mini buses and 1,200 yen for large buses.
Other events in Saitama in February include:
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.