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Cherry blossom season at the 100 Caves of Yoshimi

March 19, 2021 @ 10:00 April 11, 2021 @ 21:00

100 caves of yoshimi cherry blossom festival

The 100 caves of Yoshimi 2021 cherry blossom festival has been cancelled due to concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus Covid-19. The festival was tentatively scheduled for March 19th until April 11th. 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 2021. This is the second year in a row the festival has been cancelled. 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. The cherry blossoms are early this year and may even be in full bloom by March 20th.

During a “normal” year:

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. However, it will not be on in 2021.

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. The festival was two weeks earlier that year and the trees weren’t in bloom.  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 day of the main 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.


March 19 @ 10:00
April 11 @ 21:00
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100 Caves of Yoshimi

324 Kita Yoshimi
Hiki District, Saitama 355-0155 Japan
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