Cherry Blossoms Shingashi River | Kawagoe

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From the official Facebook page linked in first paragraph, click on this photo to be brought to the official Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine website.

Cherry Blossoms Shingashi River – Kawagoe is just 31 minutes from Ikebukuro, Tokyo, on the Tobu Tojo line (jump to access from Tokyo).  It is a popular tourist town. One of Kawagoe’s most spectacular spots to enjoy “sakura” is out the back of Hikawa shrine, where the cherry blossoms line the Shingashi River. Until recent years it was mainly locals and off-the-beaten-track tourists who enjoyed its splendour, but nowadays the cherry blossom attract thousands of admirers. One of the reasons is you can get a photo of a paddle boat being steered down the river under the blossoms, by a man in a festival happi coat and a traditional sugegasa hat. Moreover, if you time it right you get to see a stunning river of pink petals. The image above is an official photo from Hikawa Shrine’s Facebook page.

Currently, the Cherry Blossoms Shingashi River boat ride isn’t accessible to the general public, but on April 2nd 2016 it will be from noon until 6 pm. The annual up-to-date event information is here.  Furthermore on the day the boat ride is open to the public without a booking, it is free. Tickets will be distributed, subject to availability, from in front of the Kita Kominkan on the far side of the bridge to the Hikawa shrine back entrance.  They are marked on a map I made below the access map.

This year’s event information;

Cherry Blossom Boat Ride on Shingashi River, back of Hikawa Shrine

Cherry Blossom Boat Ride on Shingashi River, back of Hikawa Shrine

Cherry Blossom Boat Ride Shingashi River at the back of Hikawa Shrine The tentative date for the Cherry Blossom Boat Ride down the Shingashi River at the back of Kawagoe… Read more »


Here are some photos of the sakura I took on March 30th 2016.

And earlier in the week

Update Cherry Blossoms Shingashi River 2017

After many years of trying to time it right, I finally got to see the river completely decorated in pink petals with my own eyes on April 10th 2017. Regrettably I am not a photographer and I didn’t have my Canon camera (Amazon Affiliate link) at the time so I couldn’t do it justice at all, but this will give you an idea:

River of pink shingashi river hikawa shrine cherry blossoms kawagoe

Information For Cherry Blossoms Shingashi River

Hikawa Shrine

Address:2-11-3 Miyashitamachi, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0052

Access from Kawagoe Station

Koedo Kawagoe bus one day pass allows you unlimited travel on the Koedo Kawagoe buses. It costs 300 yen. In the bus they have a monitor with sightseeing information.  Some tourist places give discounts on souvenirs or entrance tickets to people with a one day pass.
Koedo Kawagoe Loop BusKoedo Meguri (Loop) Bus from Kawagoe station. You can buy a one day pass that allows you unlimited travel on the Meguri Bus. It stops at 16 different locations. 104 different shops, offer discount services such as souvenirs, food, and entrance fees to facilities for holders of this day pass. In addition, there are announcements in English and Chinese as well as Japanese so foreigners can feel at ease. More information here:

Cherry Blossoms Shingashi River and the free parking area:



Kawagoe Access by train from Tokyo and Omiya

  • 31 minutes from Ikebukuro on a express train on the Tobu Tojo Line. 470 yen
  • 44 minutes from Seibu Shinjuku on a Red Arrow Limited Express. 420 yen for the express ticket, plus base fare.
  • 66 minutes from Shinjuku or 62 minutes from Takadanobaba on Seibu Shinjuku Line.  You can buy one round trip ticket for 700 yen for either of those stations.
  • 54 minutes from JR Shinjuku on a rapid train of the Saikyo/Kawagoe line. 760 yen.
  • 28 minutes on a regular train from Omiya on the Saikyo/Kawagoe Line or 22 minutes on the rapid train.
  • The Fukutoshin and Yurakucho subways connect to the Tobu Tojo line at Wako-shi. Some of them go all the way to Kawagoe (and beyond) too.

Access by Car

About 21 kilometres from Nerima to Kawagoe using the Kanetsu Expressway. The toll for the expressway is about 840 yen.

About 40 kilometres from Hinode using the Ken-o highway. The toll is about 1400 yen.

More on Hikawa Shrine on this blog:

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6 comments on “Cherry Blossoms Shingashi River | Kawagoe

    1. L M N

      Thank you so much for commenting. It was really stunning. Next year I hope to get a photo by night. 🙂

    1. Elle Post author

      Hi! Thank you so much for commenting… your comment was hidden in my spam box, so I only saw it now, sorry about that. Hikawa is a good place to make wishes; everyone I ever made there came true. 🙂 Thanks for reading. <3

    1. Elle Post author

      Hi Time Traveler,
      Yes, you can, but it is only open to the public one day during the season. They have released the tentative date for 2018. Generally you have to queue up for a ticket on the morning of the event. Last year, the event was cancelled last minute due to snow, so please do be aware there maybe changes. Here is the information for this year’s event:


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