cherry blossoms and rapeseed nanohana and sakura at Sakitama Gyoda

Cherry blossoms and Higanbana at the unique Sakitama Kofun Park, one of Saitama’s famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Gyoda City. While renowned within Saitama as a sakura viewing spot, the cherry blossoms are not that eminent outside of Saitama. Moreover, the spot is not yet known for its spider lilies. However, the “kofun” burial mounds of the park are well known throughout Japan and particularly esteemed by people interested in burial mounds and / or national treasures.

Sakitama Kofun Park

Sakitama Kofun Park is a medium sized park designed around the ancient burial mounds unearthed at the site. Kofun is the Japanese for burial mound. There are nine burial mounds in the park, including two you can walk up and over. One of those two is acclaimed for its stunning cherry blossom trees.

Cherry Blossoms Sakitama

Maruhakayama Mound

Maruhakayama Mound is the mound that has cherry blossoms on top. At the base of the mound on one side there is also rapeseed growing. (Nine other places for rapeseed and cherries in Saitama here). It is the only circular “kofun” in the park, the rest are keyhole shaped. It is not only the largest mound in the park, it is famed for being one of the largest in all of Japan.

There is an avenue of sakura leading up to the south stair case on the mound. Throughout spring there are two resident food vans at the entrance to this sakura avenue. Around the base of the West side of Maruhakayama Mound there are also mature cherry blossom trees.

Higanbana in Autumn

Maruhakayama Mound also has spider lilies that grow below the avenue of cherry blossom trees. They have as many white as red. They typically bloom late in September. So far, I’ve only seen them past prime. I would love to see them in full bloom.

Inariyama Mound

To the east of Maruhakayama is the Inariyama mound, which is the other mound you can climb atop of. The Inariyama mound is also famous throughout Japan as important national treasures were found at this site. You can view some of the relics found at the site at the museum on the grounds.

Inariyama mound at Sakitama Kofun Park

Inariyama is the main burial mound at Sakitama and the oldest too. It is estimated that it was built in the late 5th century. There used to be an Inari shrine on the top of the mound and that is how it got its name “mount Inari”. The Inariyama mound is about 12 meters tall. It affords great views of Gyoda, the park and its neighboring Maruhakayama mound.

Shogunyama Mound

The Shogunyama mound is another mound of interest at the park, because you can enter the mound. They cleverly built an exhibition hall into the side of the mound. From the West side of the mound you wouldn’t even know it was there. There is a nominal charge into the mound, which opens museum hours from Tuesday to Sunday.

Rapeseed growing on Shogunyama mound at Sakitama Ancient Burial Mound park in Gyoda city
Rapeseed and Haniwa

This mound has haniwa on it. Haniwa are terracotta clay figures that were buried with the dead during the Kofun period. They were found in the Inariyama mound dig. The mound has wild rapeseed growing on it that bloom in bright yellow in the month of March annually. Moreover, if you angle it right you can get a photo of the rapeseed on this mound with the cherry blossoms of Maruhakayama mound in the background.

Other mounds

Cherry blossoms around the base of Teppoyama Mound

The six other mounds are:

  • Futagoyama Mound
  • Kawaraduka Mound
  • Teppoyama Mound
  • Okunoyama Mound
  • Nakanoyama Mound
  • Atagoyama Mound

Other attractions / facilities

Sakitama Kofun Park Saitama Prefecture Japan

There is a large green area as you come into the park which you can use at your own leisure. It includes a roofed area with picnic benches and sinks for washing dishes. There are vending machines in this area. And toilets, one of several throughout the park. There is also a water fountain. There are a few cherry blossoms in this area.

Sakitama Kofun Park

The area south of both the Maruhakayama and Inariyama mounds has beautiful cherry blossom trees, including a couple of a rare variety. There is a green area where you can picnic and play.

Cherry blossoms Sakitama

Adjacent to the park, but on the far side of the road, there is the Museum of the Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds. Just down from the museum there is a side entrance to the park with a beautiful avenue of cherry blossom trees. Teppoyama Mound, which also has cherry blossoms around its base, is on the walk from here to the main mound area.

Sakitama Tomb Park Information

Sakitama Kofun Park
Address:4834 Sakitama, Gyoda, Saitama 361-0025
Hours:The park is open 24 hours. The museum and exhibition hall are open from 9 am to 4.30 pm ( 5 pm in July and August) Tuesdays to Sundays.
Cost:The park itself has no cover charge, but there are cover charges into the exhibition hall in Shogunyama Mound and the museum of the Ancient Burial Mounds. Entry is 200 yen per adult and 100 yen for school aged children.
OnlineOfficial website

Another post about geocaching at Sakitama on this blog, click here. There used to be a beautiful cosmos field at Sakitama too, but they haven’t grown the cosmos for years as far as I know.

**Drones are strictly forbidden in Sakitama Burial Mound Park**

Access Sakitama Tomb Park

The nearest train station is quite a walk away, but there is a free city loop bus that goes from Takasaki Line Gyoda station and get off at “Sakitama Kofun Koen-Mae”. There is also a bus from Fukiage Station that goes relatively close. The bus comes around every 15 minutes during peak hours. It takes about 30 minutes and then a 15 minute walk.

The park is 30 minutes from the Hanyu Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway and from Okegawa Kitamoto Interchange on the Ken-o expressway. The park is easily found with a SatNav or Google Maps. There are two free car parks close to the main entrance.


  1. Oh my goodness they’re so lovely! We’re eagerly awaiting spring here in Wisconsin. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

    1. Author

      Spring came early this year in Japan. We have been lucky that we are still able to move around if we can uphold social distancing and having cherry blossoms in bloom has helped keep our spirits up. I hope spring comes for you soon.

  2. The main reason why I love spring is cherry trees! The blossoms are so beautiful! and it makes a scenery stunning during spring!

    1. Author

      They are so beautiful aren’t they. I also love peach blossoms which are a more vibrant pink. Japan looks so pretty in pink 🙂

  3. Gorgeous! I’d love to see these in person. I just love cherry blossoms. There is something magical about them.

    1. They are really magical aren’t they. And very therapeutic during this surreal time with Covid.

  4. I can’t wait to be able to travel again! I’m sure this is awesome to see. The pictures are awesome.

    1. Author

      Thanks Angie. We are very lucky that we aren’t lock down, just social distancing, so we were able to enjoy the cherry blossoms this year.

  5. That place looks so spectacular. It seems that spring has arrived there for good. I’d love to visit this place in the future for sure! 🙂

    1. Author

      Thank you <3 Spring came early this year. It was great timing to help us all deal with coronavirus. Everything just feels like its going to be alright when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

    1. Author

      My parents had a cherry blossom tree outside the front garden on the path when I was growing up. But it died a few years ago. I used to love looking at it too. Thankfully now there is a cherry blossom tree in every single neighborhood, generally dozens of them! So I have plenty to look at. 🙂

  6. What a gorgeous place to visit wow…What I would do to walk there for a few hours, beautiful place.

    1. Author

      Right. We are truly blessed that we can still walk around. Rumor has it that this area will go into lock down shortly. I am glad we could stock up on fresh air and scenery before that happens.

  7. This is absolutely beautiful! I would love to go visit and see the cherry blossoms.

  8. Japan. Japan. I always love Japan. I was there during winter last year. Now, I really want to go back and experience other seasons as well. ❤

  9. Those cherry blossoms are amazing! Especially the ones on the hills. I have never seen anything like that.

  10. This is a gorgeous place! Hope we can make it to japan next year for the cheery blossom season.

  11. I love the pictures of the cherry blossoms. This memorial ground looks peaceful and I’m sure one can spend a long time reflecting.

  12. These cherry blossoms are stunning. I so wanted to visit this year. I will have to wait until next year instead.

  13. It is my dream to go see the cherry blossoms!! Hopefully next year I will get to go and see them.

  14. I love seeing Cherry Blossoms because it definitely uplifts the spirit. Keep safe.

  15. This is so spectacular view and nature is so beautiful and full of colour. This definitely is a blessing to have such a view.

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