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Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Season 2021

March 18, 2021 @ 08:00 April 3, 2021 @ 17:00

kumagaya sakura and rapeseed

The Kumagaya Cherry Blossoms with rapeseed flowers along the riverbank is one of Saitama’s famous images. The cherry blossom there have been celebrated since the Edo period and the area is listed as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots.

The Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival was cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 on account of the coronavirus. However, the area is open to the public. Visit at your own risk. As of March 13th 2021, the trees already have buds on them. Various forecasts are predicting that they will start to bloom around March 18th. Almost a week earlier than normal.

Kumagaya Sakura Season

Kumagaya Cherry Blossoms
From the official website

The sakura of Kumagaya are well renowned as one of the best places to enjoy “sakura matsuri” (cherry blossom festival) in Saitama. There are about 500 Yoshino cherry blossom trees along 2 kilometers of riverbank. They generally bloom the last week of March and the first week in April. It depends on several things. In 2021, they were forecasted to bloom early and it would seem the forecasts were right. Update March 19th 2021: the blossoms have started to bloom. That is, more than 50% of the trees have some open blossoms on them.

Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival

Dates: No festival in 2021

Light up: If there is light up it is usually on from 6 pm to 9 pm

Festival stalls: Again, no guarantees of festival stalls in 2021. In a ‘normal year’ there is usually about 50 festival stalls on an average day.

Related events: For example, there is often a hiking event. However, it does not seem to be scheduled for 2021.

Entrance Fee: NONE

Access: By train it is close to both the JR Kumagaya and Chichibu Railway stations. By car it is about 30 minute drive from the Higashimatsuyama Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway.

Parking: It is advised to come by public transport, but there is a temporary car park. In previous years it has been free, but that has yet to be confirmed for this year.

Retiring the Kumagaya Sakura Yosakoi

Unfortunately, the Kumagaya Sakura Yosakoi group have a note on their website that the dance troupe has retired. Thus the popular sakura yosakoi is no longer a feature of the Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival. Kumagaya Sakura Yosakoi official website.

For more Cherry blossom and sakura matsuri locations in Saitama please see either the cherry blossom guide or the main event calendar.

Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi

2 Chome-167 Kawarachō
Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0035 Japan
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March 18 @ 08:00
April 3 @ 17:00
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