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Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms 2021 | SAITAMA CITY
March 20, 2021 @ 00:00 – April 3, 2021 @ 23:59
Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms – Omiya Park is a popular spot for locals, tourists and expats alike to enjoy hanami, cherry blossom viewing. Its proximity to Tokyo on top of the stunning scenery and lively atmosphere is one of the big draws of this annual festival which attracts thousands annually. It is listed in the top 100 places to see cherry blossoms in Japan, one of three locations in Saitama.
Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms are ranked as the 2nd most popular place to view cherry blossoms in Saitama and the 16th most popular in the country according to Jorudan. Approximately 130,000 came to view the cherry blossoms in Omiya Park last year.
Information for 2020 – awaiting details for 2021.
Omiya Park are notorious for not releasing their event information until the day of or before the cherry blossom festival starts. They start it when the blooms have reached a certain percent of bloom. This year, 2021, the festival has once again been cancelled on account of the Coronavirus. And to that end they will not have any festival stalls this year. It is also expected that hanami will be forbidden again this year. Furthermore, they request that you wear a mask and respect coughing etiquette. Also, that you refrain from coming to see the cherry blossoms if you are unwell. Light up will probably be cancelled again this year too.
The blossoms are expected to last from anything between 10 days and 2 weeks. As of March 13th 2021, there are already buds on the tree. It is expected that the blossoms will start to bloom earlier than normal. Perhaps opening by the 18th of this month (March 2021). There are approximately 1,000 cherry blossom trees in Omiya park. They have festival lanterns lining the pathways in the park. There are normally about 180 food stalls in the park for the occasion, but there will be none in 2021.
Update April 3rd 2021: according to Tenki.jp the petals have started to fall, but still less than 50%.
Update March 21st 2021: according to Tenki.jp the cherry blossoms in Omiya Park are now in full bloom.
Update March 19th 2021: bloom has started. That is, more than 50% of the trees have some open blossoms on them.
Rules during Omiya Park Cherry Blossom season
You are usually allowed to picnic under the trees and to eat and drink in the park during the cherry blossom season, but you weren’t allowed in 2020. It is expected that it will be the same in 2021. Also, you are not allowed to secure a place in advance with tarp. That is you can’t leave a sheet down, go off for a couple of hours and come back. Karaoke is also not allowed. No fireworks, bonfires or fires of any sort allowed during the cherry blossom season. Pets are permitted in the park even in hanami season. You are requested to bring your rubbish home.
Omiya park Cherry blossoms with children
There are lots of attractions for small children in this park making it a good place to do hanami with children. There is a small zoo, a playground, battery cars and a fairground ride.
Access Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms
Omiya Park is close to the Tobu Urban Park Omiya Koen station and about a 10 minute walk from JR Omiya station.
By car it is about 7 kilometers from the Tohoku Expressway’s Iwatsuki Interchange. Free parking for up to 300 cars.
Map in the grey details box at the very bottom of the post.
There are also cherry blossoms in Omiya Dai Ni Park, which is better known for its plum grove.
For more seasonal events in Saitama, please see the Saitama Events Calendar.
Saitama, Saitama 330-0803 Japan + Google Map 048-641-6391
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Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors, particularly with the current Coronavirus outbreak.