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Tentative: Nagatoro Wintersweet Festival 2021

January 10 @ 09:00 February 23 @ 17:00

Nagatoro wintersweet


January 10, 2021 @ 09:00
February 23, 2021 @ 17:00
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The 2021 Nagatoro Wintersweet season dates will not be released from the official website until closer to the time. However, normally the annual Nagatoro wintersweet festival is held from the second week in January to the last week in February.

Wintersweet, which are also referred to as Allspice in English, are “robai / roubai” in Japanese. The wintersweet in Nagatoro come into bloom in early January and the festival starts a couple of days after. We visited in 2019 and it was one of my favorite memories of that year. 


The plum blossom festival will overlap for two days as it always does. The overlap dates are the last weekend of the wintersweet festival and the first weekend of the plum blossom festival. (On average around the 23rd / 24th of February). However, from mid February you should be able to see wintersweet and plum blossoms simultaneously.

wintersweet nagatoro

During the period of the wintersweet festival there will be several events and hiking outings held in the Nagatoro area. The main area of the festival is the Nagatoro Hodosan Wintersweet Garden at the summit of Mt Hodo. There are approximately 3000 wintersweet in the park. In full bloom they not only look pretty, but smell gorgeous too.

You can read a first hand account of visiting the wintersweet in Nagatoro in English on a local’s blog here. 

Nagatoro Hodosan wintersweet garden access

It is a little early for the free shuttle bus service information, but it usually runs 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. The bus goes from Nagatoro station to the ropeway station at the foot of the Mt Hodo. Please note that the ropeway does not run everyday:

You can take the ropeway up Mt Hodo to get to the Wintersweet garden on weekends. The ropeway costs 820 yen round trip (410 yen one way) for anyone over six years old. The ropeway hours for the weekends will be released at a later date, but the cable car only operates on weekdays when there are a lot of visitors.

Hours from the official Chichibu Railway website. Featured image on post preview from the official Nagatoro Tourist Association Website.

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Nagatoro Wintersweet Garden

1738 Kanasaki, Minano,
Chichibu District,, Saitama Prefecture 369-1621 Japan
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