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Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms | SAITAMA CITY
March 19 - April 5
Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms – Omiya Park is a popular spot for locals, tourists and expats alike to enjoy hanami, cherry blossom viewing. Its proximity to Tokyo on top of the stunning scenery and lively atmosphere is one of the big draws of this annual festival which attracts thousands annually. It is listed in the top 100 places to see cherry blossoms in Japan, one of three locations in Saitama.
Update: March 20th 7.11 pm – Snow has suddenly and unexpectedly been forecasted for Saitama, which may have an impact on the cherry blossoms and light up at Omiya Park. Currently there is nothing to that effect on the official website, but please check with the official news updates on Saitama Prefectural Website for changes.
Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms are ranked as the 2nd most popular place to view cherry blossoms in Saitama and the 16th most popular in the country according to Jorudan. Approximately 130,000 came to view the cherry blossoms in Omiya Park last year.
The cherry blossom season was declared open this afternoon at 2 pm. With the result the night time light up of the cherry blossoms will start tomorrow night, March 20th. The light up will be on daily from 7 to 9 pm. The blossoms are expected to last from anything between 10 days and 2 weeks. There are approximately 1,000 cherry blossom trees in Omiya park. They have festival lanterns lining the pathways in the park. There are about 180 food stalls in the park for the occasion.
Rules during Omiya Park Cherry Blossom season
You are allowed to picnic under the trees and to eat and drink in the park during the cherry blossom season. However, you are not allowed to secure a place in advance with tarp; you can’t leave a sheet down, go off for a couple of hours and come back. Karaoke is also not allowed. No fireworks, bonfires or fires of any sort allowed during the cherry blossom season. Pets are permitted in the park even in hanami season. You are requested to bring your rubbish home.
Omiya park Cherry blossoms with children
There are lots of attractions for small children in this park making it a good place to do hanami with children. There is a small zoo, a playground, battery cars and a fairground ride.
Access Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms
Omiya Park is close to the Tobu Urban Park Omiya Koen station and about a 10 minute walk from JR Omiya station.
By car it is about 7 kilometers from the Tohoku Expressway’s Iwatsuki Interchange. Free parking for up to 300 cars.
Map in the grey details box at the very bottom of the post.
There are also cherry blossoms in Omiya Dai Ni Park, which is better known for its plum grove.
For more seasonal events in Saitama, please see the Saitama Events Calendar.