kawazuzakura in Kawajima along the Ando River

Kawazuzakura are an early blooming, pink cherry blossom. They normally bloom from around the third week in February to early March, generally speaking. There are locations where they bloom earlier and places where they bloom later. However, in Saitama Prefecture the kawazuzakura are more fickle than the main variety of somei yoshino cherry blossoms. It is not unusual for the Kawazu cherry blossoms, in certain parts of Saitama, to go from buds to green without ever revealing their blossoms. Especially in years where they are late to bloom.

Below is a selection of twenty places for Kawazuzakura. This is not an exhaustive list, there are plenty more places with beautiful Kawazu cherry blossoms in Saitama. I chose these to try and showcase the variety available in the prefecture. Moreover, I chose among the locations that already have English information available. Please note the ‘bloom’ period indicated is based on averages from previous years and not specific to 2024. They may start to bloom earlier or later depending on the weather between now and mid / end of February.

20 places for Kawazuzakura in Saitama Prefecture

1. Saitama’s most stunning kawazuzakura spot?

Stunning Kawazuzakura spot in Kuki City Saitama

Amazingly this picturesque kawazu zakura, early blooming, cherry blossom spot remained off the radar for years. Despite having 335 kawazu cherry trees along a 3.5 kilometer river stretch. In recent years, it has enjoyed increased fame and acclaim. Bloom: start around the end of February.

Spot: Aogebori River
Location: Kuki City
Access: Higashiwashinomiya or Washinomiya Stations


2. Secret Hilltop kawazu paradise

Han no mori kawazu cherry blossoms

This spot remains off the beaten path despite its breathtaking beauty. I love lying in the center of the hilltop with a sky of pink above me! If you want a quiet kawazu experience, head to this hill! Its a little tricky to get to, but worth the journey. Bloom: they start around the end of February.

Spot: Hannomori Park
Location: Fukaya City
Access: Taxi from Okabe station


3. For kawazu X red torii

REd torii X kawazu cherry blossoms in Saitama Prefecture

Despite several attempts, I have personally yet to catch this beautiful kawazuzakura spot in its prime. But it doesn’t matter. In my experience, they are photogenic at any stage of bloom thanks to a vibrant red torii in the frame. Moreover, you can see stunning plum blossoms in the park at the same time. Bloom: they start around the end of February.

Spot: Honjo Park
Location: Honjo City
Access: Honjo Station


4. Once every four years

Sumiyoshi early blooming sakura Sakado insaitama.com

Incredibly, the kawazu cherry blossoms at this location tend to only bloom once every four years. And 2024 is their year to bloom as they are usually in sync with the Olympics! I can’t guarantee it of course, it will depend on Mother Nature! Bloom: generally start around the third week of February.

Spot: Sumiyoshi Kawazuzakura Promenade
Location: Sakado City
Access: Bus from Wakaba Station


Kawazuzakura early blooming kawazu cherry blossoms around an athletic track in Kumagaya

5. Sports park Kawazu!

I would never have thought to look for kawazuzakura in a Sports park, but thankfully a fellow Saitama lover shared information for this location with me. No surprise it is well known among athletes, but it is not quite mainstream yet. There are three different kawazu cherry blossom spots within the park. Bloom: they start around early March.

Spot: Kumagaya Sakura Sports Park
Location: Kumagaya City
Access: Hirose Yacho no Mori Station


kawazu zakura Ageo

6. Small park, big blossoms!

There are only a few kawazu cherry blossoms in this small local park, but they are particularly voluptuous. So its not unusual to see professional photographers, with all their gear, patiently snapping the blossoms in all their glory. Bloom: they start around early March.

Spot: Koizumi Hikawa Yama Park
Location: Ageo City
Access: Kita Ageo Station


Kawazu sakura, green grass, blue sky in Yamazaki Park, Fujimi City

7. Popular local riverside spot

These kawazuzakura in Fujimi City are quite well known. I think they were one of the first I personally heard about, but they were one of the last I went to see! There’s not that many, but their riverside location beside the small but much loved Yamazaki park draws hundreds of visitors each year. Bloom: start around the third week of February.

Spot: Yamazaki Park
Location: Fujimi City
Access: Tsuruse or Mizuhodai Stations


Kawazu zakura early blooming cherry blossoms in Kawagoe

8. Never disappoints!

Hopefully that title is not famous last words! In my experience, these are one of the first to bloom annually in Saitama Prefecture. This location also only has a few trees, but they are mature and in an unusual setting. Bloom: they start around mid February.

Spot: Sembagashi Historical Park
Location: Kawagoe City
Access: Kawagoe Station


Avenue of kawazuzakura Gongendo Park Satte

9. In a park that knows how to do flowers!

This spot is relatively new as a kawazu cherry blossom destination, but the park is well known for flowers throughout the year. You can see plum blossoms in the park at the same time too. Bloom: they generally start around the first week in March, but they are well early in 2024.

Spot: Satte Gongendo Park
Location: Satte City
Access: Bus from Satte Station


Rakusato no kai kawazu zakura cherry blossoms

10. A kilometer of kawazu

The first few times I visited this off the beaten spot in Okegawa, I couldn’t understand why it was not more famous. A kilometer of double lined Kawazu surely deserves acclaim. However, over the years, I came to understand… unfortunately, this is one of the locations where the kawazu do not bloom annually. Bloom: they start around early March.

Spot: Rakusato no Kai
Location: Okegawa City
Access: Bus from Okegawa or Kawagoe Station


Even more kawazuzakura locations in Saitama

  1. This spot in Iwatsuki, Saitama City, is well worth visiting, especially if you are in the area. Jogenji has some of the most beautiful kawazu. Moreover, you can see them side by side with weeping plum blossoms.
  2. I was torn between the picturesque kawazuzakura in Ageo Maruyama park and the location I chose for number 5. I decided on the smaller park as its lesser known.
  3. Yatsunosato, one of my favourite places in the Hiki District, located in Namegawa Town has some beautiful Kawazu trees. There are two different locations, but each only have a handful of trees.
  4. There is a small, but very pretty kawazu spot in Kawajima too. Unfortunately, like several other locations on this post, are touch and go – sometimes they bloom, sometimes they don’t. The featured image at the top of this post, is from the Kawajima location. I checked on them on March 8th 2023 and they are bare. I doubt they will bloom this year.
  5. For Kawazu X bamboo, this quaint spot along the Kamakura Kaido is well worth checking out. Especially as there are other kawazu, plum blossoms and flowers in bloom in the area at the time. They started blooming the third week in February.
  6. A really nice off the beaten path spot in Konosu, with canola flowers too.
  7. A smaller spot with just a handful of trees, but located close to another tourist attraction that is in season at the same time.
  8. At the top of Mt Sengen, at Saitama’s longest roller slide, there are a handful of beautiful early bloomers.

Other kawazu early blooming cherry blossom spots in Saitama

19. Den-u River Cherry Blossom trees

For Angyo X Kawazu cherry blossoms. This spot is located close to Anygodewa Park in Kawaguchi City. On Google Maps.

20. Inumakata Park

Inumakata Park – once a little known spot, it has become well known in recent years due to social media. It is located in Midori Ward in Saitama City. On Google Maps.

I will be adding more in the coming weeks, months and years. The aim is to eventually make this “50 places to see Kawazuzakura in Saitama Prefecture”.

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The locations in this post are subject to change. Unless stated otherwise the photos in this post are the writer’s own.

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