Azalea at Monomiyama Park Higashimatsuyama where there is a one day azalea festival

Information for the 2024 Azalea Festival at Monomiyama Park (aka Monomi Hill) in Higashimatsuyama.

Monomiyama Park is located near to Saitama Children’s Zoo and is home to the Peace Museum of Saitama. The tower you can see peaking out above the azalea in the featured photo is that of the Peace Museum. You can find detailed information about the park, including photos of it in spring and autumn when it is most resplendent, in the main post here. This post is specifically about the Azalea Festival, which is held on one day during the period of bloom of the ‘tsutusji’ (azalea) for which the park is renowned.

Monomiyama Azalea Festival

The 2024 festival is on Saturday April 20th. However, if it is raining on the day it will not go ahead. The festival starts with a taiko performance, followed by an opening ceremony. That will be followed by a handful of traditional performances and then balloon art from 1 pm. The festival finishes at 2 pm.

Azalea festival Matsuyama
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The azalea at Monomiyama Park have been around for a long time, but the festival is relatively new. This year will be the 10th annual occurrence. It is not a large festival, but it is a popular one. Moreover, the azalea are relatively famous. Thousands of people visit the park to see the 40,000 azalea each year. They azalea are mainly red, pink and purple in color. They normally bloom from mid April until just after Golden Week. However, in recent years they are blooming from early April until around the end of April or early May.

Azalea Monomiyama park insaitama

Information

The park has toilets and a vending machine on the lower entrance beside a Udon shop and there are some bike stands there too.

Event: Monomiyama Azalea Festival 物見山つつじ祭り

Date: Saturday April 20th 2024

Time: 10 am to 2 pm.

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Monomiyama Park, 241-17 Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama, Saitama 355-0065. View on Google Maps here.

Monomiyama Park Access

A bus goes relatively near, to Daito Bunka University, from Takasaka Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. The University is about a ten minute walk, uphill, double that if you have kids with you! If you are coming by car, the park is on the same road that the main entrance to the zoo is on, route 212. You pass the zoo and Daito Bunka University if you are coming from the direction of downtown Higashimatsuyama going toward Hatoyama. The main car park is actually on the far side of the road to the park.

Parking lot of Monomiya Park in Higashimatsuyama

Official event web page

More information about the park in English

Other attractions in the area

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