Kita Koshigaya Sakura Matsuri

Cherry blossom trees line a section of approximately two kilometers on the Motoarakawa river embankment in Kita Koshigaya. From Kita Koshigaya 5th Park to the Tobu Skytree Line viaduct. There are approximately 300 ~ 320 Somei Yoshino cherry trees, which offer a spectacular view when in bloom. Before the pandemic they had an annual Kita koshigaya Cherry Blossom Festival and the cherry blossoms were lit up at night. However, the festival was cancelled for four years in a row due to the pandemic. It is on in 2024 for the first time in five years. But the cherry blossoms may not actually be in bloom yet!

Kita Koshigaya Cherry Blossom Festival

Normally the Koshigaya tourism website has information about this festival. But not this year. Also the city’s website only says that it is on but provides no more further information. Thankfully I was able to find the information on a local website (I have no affiliation to this site). I have since checked it across the worldwide web and while none of the official sites are advertising this event, several local websites have the same information as the one linked above:

The 9th annual Kita Koshigaya Cherry Blossom festival is on this weekend, Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th. Several of the websites with the information have a copy of the official poster for the event. And according to that there will be live entertainment and food trucks on both days. The festival is on between 10 am and 6 pm and the stage performances are between 10 am and 4.25 pm. There is currently no mention of light up this year. That may start later when the cherry blossoms actually start to bloom!

Information

Event: Kita Koshigaya Cherry Blossom Festival 北越谷さくらまつり

Dates: Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th 2024

Time: 10 am to 6 pm

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: Kita Koshigaya Train Station West entrance square, 2 Chome-42 Kitakoshigaya, Koshigaya, Saitama 343-0026. View on Google Maps.

Access

The festival area is right by Kita Koshigaya Station’s west exit. The cherry blossoms are about a ten minute walk from the festival area / Tobu Skytree Line Kita Koshigaya Station’s west exit.

The featured image, at the top of the post, is from the official Koshigaya City website. 

Editor’s note: this post was temporarily off the website during the pandemic because the festival was cancelled four years in a row. It was republished on March 20th 2024.

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