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CANCELLED Sakura light up and festival at the 100 Caves of Yoshimi

March 20 @ 10:00 - April 12 @ 21:00

100 caves of yoshimi cherry blossom festival

The 100 caves of Yoshimi 2020 cherry blossom festival has been cancelled due to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus Covid-19. The festival was scheduled from March 20th until April 12th. Normally, during the festival period the sakura trees are lit up at night between 5 and 9 pm. There is also a stamp rally during that period. However, neither of these will happen in 2020. 

Please note you can still view the sakura along the river beside the 100 caves and Iwamuro Kannon, but there will be no festival stalls or special events. The caves themselves seem to be still open for tourists and visitors. 

There is one main event day on April 6th:

100 Caves of Yoshimi Cherry Blossom Festival Event day

The main Cherry Blossom Festival event day is usually the first Saturday of April from 10 am.

100 caves of yoshimi cherry blossom festival

It is a small local festival at the historic 100 caves of Yoshimi. We visited this festival in 2017, but due to the rain and the uncooperative cherry blossoms it turned out to be a bit of a non event. It was two week earliers that year.  The featured photo shows the sakura in almost full bloom, but it was the only tree that far along on that day.

Cherry blossom on moss
Cherry blossom on moss – this area is famous for its luminous moss

I have visited the area in previous years when the sakura have been in full bloom and it is truly beautiful. The festival is held in the large car park for the 100 caves which is beside the river. Dozens of sakura line the river and it is so picturesque when they are in bloom.

The festival usually entails Taiko drum performances, festival stalls and craft corner. The 100 Caves normally cost 300 yen to enter, but for the cherry blossom festival it is free in.  Please see the grey box for times and map.

More about the 100 Caves of Yoshimi in English:

Luminous Moss, Military Factory and the 100 Caves of Yoshimi


For more spring events in the Saitama area please see the Saitama Events Calendar.

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