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Ogose Plum Blossom Festival 2021

February 13 @ 08:30 March 21 @ 16:00

Ogose Plum Blossom Festival

Ogose Plum Blossom Festival – The Ogose Bairin Plum Tree Festival in Ogose Town, Saitama is considered one of the three big plum blossom festivals in the Kanto region. The 2021 festival dates have not yet been confirmed as it was too in advance. Generally though the festival is from mid February to mid / end of March. Early March is generally considered the best time to see the blossoms.

Where are the best plum blossom groves near Tokyo?

There are three great plum blossom groves of the Kanto and Greater Tokyo area.  They are, in order, Kairakuen in Ibaraki, Ogose Bairin in Saitama and Soga Bairin in Kanagawa. Atami Plum Garden in Shizuoka is also considered one of the larger and more picturesque plum blossom groves commutable from Tokyo. It is also the earliest blooming plum blossom garden relatively close to Tokyo.

Ogose Bairin Event Information

In previous years the plum grove opened until 5 pm, but in the last couple of years it only opened until 4 pm. This is one of the few events that went ahead in spring 2020 despite the Coronavirus outbreak. Please God in 2021 it will be able to go ahead again too.

Ogose Plum BLossom Festival

For the duration of the festival a mini steam locomotive will run through the plum blossoms, on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays only. You can ride the steam locomotive between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. It costs 200 yen per person from 2 years old up (children under two go free).

Plum Blossom Bonsai at Ogose Bairin

There is also live entertainment on the weekends. And the Ogose Town Mascot Umerin usually pops in for a visit. There is a small market in the park and you can buy plum blossom trees and bonsai.

Plum blossoms Ogose official event URL, map and cost in the details box at bottom of post. You can read more about visiting the plum blossom forest in English here:

Visiting Ogose Bairin Plum Blossoms



Other places you can ride a mini steam locomotive in Saitama:

Something different in Saitama: Santome aka Satoyama | MIYOSHI

Or indeed a real life sized one!:

Steam Locomotive Paleo Express | KUMAGAYA TO CHICHIBU

Ogose Plum Blossom Festival Access

Ogose Plum Blossom Festival bus timetable
Timetable in 2019

The plum blossom grove is a 40 minute walk or you can get a bus from Ogose Station on the Hachiko Line. Please note the above timetable is from 2019, it was the same last year, but it may change in 2021. I will update closer to the time.

Parking is 500 yen for cars, 800 yen for mini buses and 1,200 yen for large buses.


February 13, 2021 @ 08:30
March 21, 2021 @ 16:00
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Ogose Plum Blossom Grove

113 Douyama, Ogose
Iruma Gun, Saitama 350-0406 Japan
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