Tsurugashima Sports Park isn’t a particularly large park and, if you are not playing sports, nor is it a particularly engaging park. However, it has two things going for it; cherry blossoms and a splash pool.
The park is useful for locals as it has walking courses, a tennis courts, a baseball ground and the lake in the park is very popular for fishing. There is a boardwalk on one side of the lake. It has a sign to say no children allowed though. There is a very small playground for children. It is best suited to small children.
The splash pool is probably the highlight of the park for slightly older children. It is a nice splash pool with a short wading river. The base is flat so it is easy to walk on, but there are some large rocks positioned in the water which are a potential hazard. The pool itself has no shade, but there are some trees around the perimeter that afford shade and there is also a gazebo.
The cherry blossoms around the fishing lake is one of the famous cherry blossom scenes of Tsurugashima. Last year, we visited a bit late for the main cherry blossoms, which as you might remember where earlier than “normal” last year. You could tell, even though the cherry blossoms were past their prime, that the lake would look stunning when the trees are in full bloom. There are a couple of yaezakura in the park too though that were in bloom during our visit and are very picturesque.
Cherry Blossom Festival
The park has a popular cherry blossom festival annually. The festival is on for two weeks, but there are only special events on one weekend during that period. Last year the main events fell outside of the main blooming period, when the cherry blossoms were green, on April 7th and 8th. This year, 2019, they have moved the main event weekend forward to the end of March. Information for the 2019 Tsurugashima Cherry Blossom Festival:
Tsurugashima Sports Park Information
Hours: The park is never closed, but the car park is. It opens from 6 am to 7.30 pm.
Address: 201-8 Ōtagaya, Tsurugashima-shi, Saitama-ken 350-2214
By public transport: you can get a bus from Tobu Tojo Line Wakaba station for
「柳戸町」 Its a five minute walk from this station.
By car: Five minutes from the Tsurugashima Interchange of the Ken-O expressway.