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CANCELLED AND OFF LIMITS Shibazakura Matsuri Festival

April 17, 2020 @ 08:00 May 6, 2020 @ 17:00

Shibazakura Matsuri

Shibazakura Matsuri Chichibu in 2020Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, at this moment in time (March 14th 2020) the annual Shibazakura Matsuri (moss phlox festival) is scheduled to go ahead in April.  On March 27th the Chichibu Government announced they will not go ahead with the 2020 Shibazakura Matsuri in Hitsujiyama Park. The event has been cancelled. Official event cancellation notification. And the shibazakura hill will be completed closed off to the public in 2020.

This year the celebrated Shibazakura Matsuri of Chichibu, in Hitsujiyama Park, will be held from Friday April 17th to Wednesday May 6th. The moss phlox should be in bloom during the whole period with prime viewing possibly falling the last few days of April. The park is open and as per normal they will charge into the park for the period that the moss phlox (shibazakura) is in bloom. 

Shibazakura matsuri

There are food, drink and festival stalls scheduled to be open for the duration. The park is open from 6 am to 8 pm, but the festival area is generally open from 8 am to 5 pm. You have to get a ticket (see cost ↓) to get into the festival area which includes the moss phlox fields.   However, weather conditions may effect the opening hours of the food stalls. During the festival they are planning to have various events on, with most of them falling on the weekends. Please note, as it gets closer to the time and dependent on how the novel Coronavirus outbreak has progressed, there is likely to be changes to the line up. There is also a chance of an outright cancellation.

The park is very busy during this period and the access routes become extremely congested. There is parking, but where at all possible, it is advised to come by public transport. Queues for the parking lot start from 8 am during full bloom and peak viewing. The parking lot is a considerable distance from the festival site up a steep incline.

Shibazakura matsuri

Shibazakura Matsuri Cost

The park is free to enter. Parking is normally free, but during the peak of the festival they charge 500 yen for the day. The festival area including the shibazakura fields cost 300 yen to enter for an adult, 250 yen if you have a group of 20 people or over. Children under 15 years old are free in.

Shibazakura Matsuri Access

The park is an approximate 15 minute walk from Seibu-Chichibu Station, serviced by the Chichibu Tetsudo, Redarrow (Ikebukuro line) and Seibu-Chichibu lines. The Redarrow is the quickest from Tokyo (Ikebukuro station) taking 1 hour and 28 minutes.

Hitsujiyama Park is approximately 20 minutes from Seibu-Chichibu and Chichibu Tetsudo line’s Ohanabatake Station. You can take the acclaimed Steam Locomotive Paleo Express.  From Kumagaya it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to Ohanabatake station on the Chichibu Tetsudo line.

Approximately 25 minute walk from Seibu-chichibu line and redarrow (Ikebukuro) line’s Yokoze station.

The car park is approximately 20 minutes drive from Minano-Yorii Toll Road. Parking is 500 yen per day during peak season.

For more spring festivals in Saitama please see the main events calendar.

More information about our visit there in the past:

Shibazakura Chichibu at Hitsujiyama Park in 2020



April 17 @ 08:00
May 6 @ 17:00
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Hitsujiyama Park

Omiya, 6360
Chichibu, Saitama 〒368-0023 Japan
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