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CANCELLED Hanyu Cherry Blossom Festival | HANYU
March 21 - April 4Free
The 34th annual Hanyu Cherry blossom festival was scheduled to start on March 21st and run until April 4th. However, at the start of March the official Hanyu city website announced that the festival will not go ahead due to the novel Coronavirus.
Information from 2019
During this time the stunning and mature cherry blossoms along the Kasai Irrigation Canal will be lit up daily (weather and other conditions prevailing) from 6 pm to 10 pm by lanterns. It is a relatively small event with around 2000 people attending annually. Food is only available on select days.
The main event during that time is on March 31st from 10 am to 3 pm, beside Sakura bridge. There will be some mascots there for people to take their photo with. Kiyasse Hanyu will have some stalls there.
They give out free flowers in the afternoon for a short period, around 1 pm, to the first 200 people in line. They also have an all-you-can-grab sweet event from 2 pm. For 100 yen you can take as many sweets / candy as you can fit in the bag they provide you with. This event is held near the Sakura Bridge. It is limited to about 100 customers.
There are other cherry blossom events in Hanyu during the period. For more events in Saitama this spring please see the Saitama Events Calendar.
Hanyu Cherry Blossom Festival Access
The canal is about a 10 minute walk from Hanyu Station.
There is parking.
First published 2017, republished March 2nd 2019, updated annually.
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