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Inariyama Park Cherry Blossom Festival | SAYAMA
April 7 - April 8
Inariyama Park was once part of Johnson Airport, an American military airport established after world war II. In 2002, it was re-opened as a Saitama Prefectural park. There isn’t much for children in the way of playground equipment in the park, but there are lots of open spaces they can run around. Furthermore, the Sayama Municipal Museum is on one corner of the park and that has a lot of family friendly exhibitions. The current exhibition is a Trick Art exhibition.
Inariyama Park Cherry Blossoms
There are approximately 300 Yoshino cherry blossom trees in the park. They are quite mature. They typically bloom the end of March to early April. There are also some yaezakura, the late blooming sakura, in the park. They typically bloom until mid April.
Inariyama Park Cherry Blossom Festival
The Inariyama Park Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the better known cherry blossom festivals in Saitama. The event draws throngs, but thanks to the large size of the park and the large manicured lawns, the park rarely feels crowded. It is possible to spread out and enjoy your own space.
The 2018 festival will be held on April 7th and 8th. There will be live entertainment and events on over the weekend. There are traditional food and festival stalls as well as food vans such as the one pictured above, which sells crepes. They often have light up too, but that information is currently not available for 2018 from the official source.
Inariyama Park Cherry Blossom Festival Access
Both the park and museum are very easily accessible from the Inariyama Koen Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro line.
The park is 4 kilometers from the Sayama-Hidaka exit of the Ken-o expressway. There is parking for 101 cars. There is also a small car park beside the museum. **Please note there maybe restrictions to the parking during the festival**
Map and other information in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.