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Iwatsuki Castle Park Cherry Blossom Season 2021

March 18, 2021 @ 10:00 April 3, 2021 @ 16:00

Hanami BBQ at Shinrin and Iwatsuki Castle Park Cherry Blossom festival

Iwatsuki Castle Park Cherry Blossom Season 2021

This post was historically about the cherry blossom festival in Iwatsuki park. However, like thousands of other places around Japan, Iwatsuki Castle Park will most likely not go ahead with their 2021 “sakura matsuri”. Saitama City has not yet confirmed either way.

Normally the festival is held on the first weekend in April. As it turns out in 2021, that may have been too late anyway. As of March 13th 2021, the cherry blossom trees in Iwatsuki Castle park already have buds on them. ‘They’ are forecasting that they may start to bloom around the 18th. With full bloom then sometime between the 25th and end of month. Update March 18th 2021: the blooms were declared open today.

Cherry blossoms

There are about 600 cherry blossoms at Iwatsuki Castle Park. When there is a festival on there is usually a flea and farmers market, and about 20 festival stalls. The festival is normally on the first Saturday and Sunday of April from 10 am to 4 pm, but you can view the cherry blossoms outside this time and the cherry blossoms light up is on from 6 pm to 9 pm from mid-March to early April.

☔Even in a “usual” year, there are likely to be changes to the line up in the event of rain.

Iwatsuki Castle Park Cherry Blossom Festival
From the official site

Iwatsuki Castle Park Cherry Blossom Access

The park is an approximate 25 minute walk from the east gate of the Tobu Urban Park Line’s Iwatsuki station.

Please note that while the majority of festivals have been cancelled, you can still view the cherry blossoms in most places. The parks are still open for business as usual. For more upcoming events please see the Saitama Events Calendar.


Iwatsuki Castle Park

3-3-4 Ota
Iwatsuki, Saitama 339-0052 Japan
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048-757-9122
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Details

Start:
March 18 @ 10:00
End:
April 3 @ 16:00
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://www.stib.jp/event/data/sakuramatsuri.html

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