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CANCELLED Sakado Nissai Sakura Matsuri in 2020

March 14 @ 10:00 - March 22 @ 15:00

Free
Okanzakura Sakado Nissai Sakura Festival cancelled

Okanzakura Sakado – The Nissai Sakura Festival in Sakado is a relatively new festival in Saitama, although the cherry blossoms have been around for quite some time. This will be the sixth time the festival will be celebrated.

The 2020 Sakado Nissai Sakura Matsuri at Kita Asaba Sakura Tsutsumi in Sakado has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. The car park will remain open, but the festival will not go ahead as scheduled. February 20th 2020. 

Official press release here

Despite its newness the Nissai Sakura Festival already attracts thousands of visitors. This sakura matsuri (cherry blossom festival) in west Sakado is one of the earliest cherry blossom festivals in Saitama.

Okanzakura Cherry Blossoms

The variety of cherry blossom at Nissai along the Oppe River in the area of Kita Asaba are Okanzakura (or Ookanzakura). In Japanese it is written 大寒桜, the kanji for big cold cherry blossom! Kanzakura are a winter cherry blossom that are quite well known, but Ookanzakura are more rare. The most famous are probably the two they have in Ueno Park.

Sakado Okanzakura

In Sakado they thankfully have a lot more than the two in Ueno Park. The fast blooming cherry blossoms stretch for 1.2 kilometers along the riverbed of the Oppe River.

 

 

Nissai Sakura Matsuri

Image from Saitama Prefecture’s Official Tourism website

The Nissai Sakura Matsuri will be held from Saturday March 14th to Sunday March 22nd 2020. The flyer and further official information (other than the date) have not yet been released, but if the festival follows the pattern of previous years, the first day the 14th will be the only day with an actual festival in the typical sense of the word. The opening festival is expected to be held  from 10 am to 3 pm.  For the opening event on the 14th there are traditional and live performances under the cherry blossoms as well as mascot and character appearances.

The 2020 Sakado Nissai Sakura Matsuri at Kita Asaba Sakura Tsutsumi in Sakado has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. The car park will remain open, but the festival will not go ahead as scheduled. February 20th 2020. 

Official press release here

Last year the number of visitors exceeded the forecast of 55,000 people over the eight day period. It is expected that this year will be just as popular and busy. You can read about our experience at the festival in 2019 here

Access Nissai Sakura Matsuri

During the course of the festival there will be a free shuttle bus from Kita Sakado station on the Tobu Tojo line on the weekends and public holiday only (March 14th, 20th, 21st and 22nd). There is one bus every 40 minutes and they run from 8.30 am to 4.10 pm (from the station the last bus is 3.10 pm). It takes about 10 minutes on the bus from the station.

By car it is about 5 minutes from the Sakado Nishi SMART interchange. You have to have an ETC card in your car to use a SMART interchange. There is parking for up to 300 cars.

Map, official website and other details in the grey box at the bottom of the post.

For more information about cherry blossoms in Saitama:

🌸Saitama Sakura Guide🌸

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Details

Start:
March 14 @ 10:00
End:
March 22 @ 15:00
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://www.city.sakado.lg.jp/soshiki/25/14337.html

Venue

Nissai Sakura Matsuri
686 Kitaasaba,
Sakado, Saitama 350-0266 Japan
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Phone:
049-283-1445
Website:
https://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/chokotabi-saitama/event/201803/sakado1.html

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