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Minoyama Cherry Blossoms in 2021 | CHICHIBU

April 5, 2021 @ 09:00 April 30, 2021 @ 17:00

The cherry blossom season of Minoyama in Minano Chichibu usually opens around the 8th of April with best viewing at the end of April. However, this year, like most other places around the Kanto plain, the cherry blossoms are early blooming. The Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms were a whole two weeks early. They are already in full bloom whereas normally they wouldn’t come into full bloom until mid April.

According to the prefecture, the recommended viewing period for 2021 is from the end of April until early May. However, given that the Somei Yoshino are already in full bloom a whole two weeks early and the Yamazakura have already come into full bloom. Also, much earlier than normal. I will go out on a limb and recommend viewing before the end of April. The park is open from 9 am to 5 pm.

The cherry blossoms of Minoyama have been nicknamed the “Mt Yoshino of the Kanto region“. There are approximately 8000 sakura trees of various varieties including the Yoshino variety which bloom from about mid April. The prefecture claims there are 70 different varieties and other sources put it at 97 different varieties, but the park says there are 55 varieties! Of those, there are about 250 sakura trees of the Sato variety that normally bloom as late as early May. Again, this year they maybe earlier.

Minoyama is also called the “forest of flowers”. Apart from the sakura cherry blossoms there are many other flowers that bloom in the park. Some roses often bloom in April too. The view from the park is amazing throughout the seasons.

Access Minoyama Cherry Blossoms

The hike from the nearest train station, Minano (or Oyahana) station on the Chichibu Railway, is a long one in the best of circumstances, but particularly now with some of the trails still closed due to damage from typhoon Hagibis in 2019. It would take about an hour and a half on foot. By car it is about 20 minutes from the station.

By car it takes about an hour from the Hanazono Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway. However, please note that due to severe damage during Typhoon #19 aka Hagibis, in 2019, some of the roads are inaccessible in the area. And to get to the park you currently can’t use Minano Iriguchi Intersection 美の山入口交差点 . To get to the park you have to use forest service road 森林管理道蓑山線 from the Minano yakuba interchange 皆野役場入り口交差点. Please note this is a narrow mountain road and take due care. Official notification.

In the area

There are also late blooming cherry blossoms in Nagatoro. More information here.

Waterpark Nagatoro is also in Minano and it has river activities. If you want to stay overnight they have wood trailers of various sizes.


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Chichibu District, Saitama 369-1412 Japan
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