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Hodosan Plum Blossom Festival | NAGATORO
February 22 @ 09:30 - March 15 @ 17:00Free
Information for the 2020 Plum blossom festival Nagatoro
Ogose Bairin, Shinrin Park, Omiya Dai ni Park and Mt Hodo are some of the more famous plum blossom groves in Saitama. Mt Hodo plum blossom grove is the location of the Nagatoro Plum Blossom season…
The 2020 Nagatoro Plum Blossom season should start from around mid February, when the ume (plum blossom) typically begin to bloom. The 2020 Nagatoro Plum Blossom festival dates have been set as from February 22nd to March 15th 2020. The festival was not cancelled due to COVID-19, but the free shuttle bus was suspended on March 1st. Please note there maybe further changes as time goes on. You can check for last minute updates on the website linked in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.
The plum blossom festival usually overlaps with the wintersweet festival for a couple of days, this year that will be February 22nd, 23rd and 24th. But from about mid February you should be able to see both the wintersweet and plum blossoms simultaneously.
During the period of the plum blossom festival there will be several events and hiking outings held in the Nagatoro area. The main area of the festival is the Nagatoro Hodosan Plum Garden on the side of Mt Hodo. There are approximately 470 plum blossoms in this area of 170 varieties.
Hodosan Plum Blossom Festival Nagatoro access
There is a free shuttle bus service from Nagatoro Station to a ropeway that will bring you to the top of Mt Hodo. However, in 2020 it was cancelled on March 1st (just the bus, not the event) due to COVID-19.
By foot it is about a 20 minute walk to the start of the trails that will bring you up Hodosan. The hike takes about an hour.
The bus goes from Nagatoro station to the ropeway station at the foot of the Mt Hodo for the duration of the festival (with the exception of March 3rd) between 10 am and 4 pm. The bus goes every 15 to 30 minutes.
You can take the ropeway up Mt Hodo to get to the Wintersweet garden on weekends. Please note that the ropeway does not run everyday. The ropeway costs 820 yen round trip (410 yen one way) for anyone over six years old. The ropeway hours for the weekends in January and February last year 2019 are shown before. Please note during that period the cable car only operates on weekdays when there are a lot of visitors. And on weekends, the ropeway goes more frequently if there are a lot of visitors.
More information on the ropeway:
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