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Okanzakura, Sakado Nissai Sakura Matsuri | SAKADO

March 16 @ 10:00 - March 24 @ 15:00

Okanzakura Nissai Sakado Saitama from the official website

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 fifth time the festival has been celebrated. 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.

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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 March 16th to March 24th 2019. The 16th is the only day with an actual festival in the typical sense of the word. That is from 10 am to 3 pm.  For the opening event on the 16th there are traditional and live performances under the cherry blossoms as well as mascot and character appearances. They expect about 55,000 people to attend the festival over the 8 day period.

Access Nissai Sakura Matsuri

During the course of the festival there is a free shuttle bus from Kita Sakado station on the Tobu Tojo line on the weekends and public holiday only (March 16th, 17th, 21st, 23rd and 24th). 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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March 16 @ 10:00
March 24 @ 15:00
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Nissai Sakura Matsuri
686 Kitaasaba,
Sakado, Saitama 350-0266 Japan
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