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Cherry Blossom Season at Gongendo Park

March 21, 2021 @ 09:00 April 4, 2021 @ 16:00

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Satte Cherry Blossom Season 2021

The Satte Cherry Blossom Festival – has been cancelled for 2021 due to Covid-19 . However, at this moment in time the park is open to the public. Last year should have been the 90th Satte Sakura festival but due to Coronavirus it was cancelled then too. The estimated date of bloom is around March 20th, with full bloom possibly around the 27th. Making it almost a week earlier than usual. Update March 21st: the cherry blossoms at Satte Gongendo Park started to bloom today. The full bloom is now expected to be around the 30th.

Satte Cherry Blossom Season

Although not in the top 100 sakura locations like Omiya, Nagatoro or Kumagaya, Satte cherry blossoms are very highly regarded. And the Satte Cherry Blossom Festival in Gongendo park is one of the most popular within Saitama Prefecture. There are about 1000 yoshino cherry blossom trees that stretch a kilometer along the riverbank.  It is renowned because not only is there beautiful cherry blossom trees, but there are rapeseed flowers beside the sakura. It makes a beautiful contrast of color and a scene of natural beauty.

In a normal year when there is a festival, there is normally at least a dozen stalls. They normally have night light up of the cherry blossom trees until 10 pm. However, there will be no light up in 2021. Pets are allowed. The car park is normally open from 7 am to 10 pm. But in 2021 if the State of Emergency is still on it will close at 8 pm.

Gongendo Park

Gongendo park

The park and much of the flora have existed for many years, but the area was only officially made a park in 2011. The principal objective of the park is to maintain the natural beauty in the area. They have added some facilities too, to make it practical as well as beautiful. For example, there is a cafe near the main car park, right by the sakura. The playground is fairly new and a nice addition for kids. However, it is a good half hour walk from where the cherry blossoms are. However, close to the sakura there is a little goat farm.

More information about the park here:

🌸If you are coming by train, check out Jyuman Goku Satte for some cherry blossom themed Japanese desserts near the station.  They actually use extract from the cherry blossom for their cherry blossom pudding! 🌸

For more sakura and seasonal events in Saitama, please check out the main events calendar.

Gongendo Park

50, Sotogouma, Satte-shi, Saitama-ken 340-0112
Satte, Saitama 340-0112 Japan
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March 21 @ 09:00
April 4 @ 16:00
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