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CANCELLED Peach Blossom Festival | TOKIGAWA

April 4, 2021 @ 10:00 14:30

The 21st annual Peach Blossom Festival Tokigawa has been cancelled in 2021 due to Covid-19. This is the second year in a row that the event has been cancelled on account of the pandemic.

Even though the festival wasn’t on, I dropped by the shrine in 2020 to check out the peach blossoms. The shrine is a short walk from Sanba Gorge. The peach blossoms and cherry blossoms were early to bloom in 2020. However, when I visited on the 20th of March 2020 it was still a little early for the cherry blossoms at Hachimangu Shrine.

To be honest, without the festival and / or combining a visit to here with another location, you could be disappointed. The area of peach blossoms was smaller than I expected. In Japanese it is called a “village of peach blossoms”, but it is more like a street of peach blossoms! If you want to see a head turning display of peach blossoms either Yoshida (Chichibu) or Ouchizawa (Higashichichibu) are the places to go.

Tokigawa peach blossom festival event information

When the festival is held, it is usually on from 10 am to 2.30 pm at Hachimangu Shrine in the Tokigawa Peach Blossom village. It is one of only a few peach blossom festivals in the Saitama area. It is held in the Peach Blossom “sato” a word difficult to translate to English. The most common translation you see for it is village, but it has a deeper meaning of a place from which you come from. You often see the word used in relation to areas that specialize cultivating certain fruit or vegetation.

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The peach blossom festival in Hachiman Shrine in Tokigawa is small and mainly attended by locals and cyclists (it’s on a cycle course). They normally plan a fun day with music and events, including live performances. In 2019 they had balloon art and street performers for children. There was also a wooden Thomas the Tank engine train at the temple. There are usually food stands.

If it rains the event will be moved to the Tokigawa central meeting hall.

Tokigawa is the home to the award winning Showa Retro Tamagawa Hot springs. 

Also, in Tokigawa is the Comoriver campsite and glamping cafe:

Free

Hanamomo no Sato

307 Momonoki
Tokigawa-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama-ken 355-0361 Japan
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