Information for the 11th annual Fujimino Cherry Blossom Festival and the cherry blossoms in Fukuoka Central Park.
Fujimino Cherry Blossom Festival
Although, this is officially the 11th annual Fujimino cherry blossom festival, the area has had a cherry blossom festival for much longer. Once upon a time, when I first started visiting Saitama Prefecture, the festival was in Fukuoka Central Park. At that time, Fujimino was still called Kamifukuoka City. Kamifukuoka merged with Oi town and became Fujimino City in 2005.
The cherry blossoms are in Fukuoka Central Park on the East side of Kamifukuoka Station. But the festival is held at Kokone Hiroba on the west side of the station. The two are about a five to seven minute walk apart. The festival will be on Sunday March 19th 2023 from 10 am to 3.30 pm. The 100 cherry blossoms in Fukuoka Central park are very well known (within Saitama), but the festival is not that big. There will be 17 festival stalls and some live entertainment:
Fukuoka Central Park Sakura Light up
During the bloom period of the cherry blossoms, the avenue of cherry blossoms in Fukuoka Central park is decorated with festival lanterns, as per the featured photo at the top of the post. (Sorry for the quality, taken with an old ‘keitai’ flip phone about 20 years ago!) They turn them on at night between 6 and 9 pm.
Event: The 11th annual Fujimino Cherry Blossom Festival ふじみ野第11回さくらまつり
Date: Sunday March 19th (the light up is on nightly during the period of bloom).
Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm.
Cost: free to enter the venue / view the cherry blossoms!
Festival Venue: Kokone Hiroba, 1 Chome-1 Kasumigaoka, Fujimino, Saitama 356-0006. View on Google Maps. Cherry blossoms: Fukuoka Central Park, 1 Chome-4 Uenodai, Fujimino, Saitama 356-0017. View on Google Maps.
Access Fujimino Cherry Blossom Festival
Kokone Hiroba is right by the west gate of Kamifukuoka Station, which is on the Tobu Tojo Line. Fukuoka central park is about a five minute walk from the east side of the station. Please note there is no parking at Fukuoka Central Park.
There are also stunning cherry blossoms in Oi Benten forest in Fujimino. Also in the area; the excellent kid’s play center Kids US Land in the Seiyu by Kamifukuoka station.
Editor’s note: this post was temporarily off the website during the pandemic. It was republished on March 15th 2023. P2008. R1.2018.