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Wakaizumi Parks Cherry blossom season 2021

March 20, 2021 @ 10:00 April 4, 2021 @ 15:00

Saitama Cherry Blossoms Honjo cherry blossoms

Honjo Cherry Blossoms – The Wakaizumi area of Honjo has three parks, Wakaizumi Dai Ichi, Dai Ni and sports park, which together run a cherry blossom festival one day of the sakura season. However, in 2021 the festival is unlikely to go ahead. However, the blossoms are blooming! They started blooming today, March 20th 2021.

Honjo cherry blossoms Kaizumi Park

From Miru Navi website, click on the image to be brought to the site

There are 160 cherry blossom trees that form a tunnel within the parks. Typically the cherry blossoms in these parks bloom end of March to early April. There are places you can picnic under cherry blossom trees, but not within the tunnel itself. However, in 2021 you may not be able to hanami under the trees at all on account of the coronavirus.

Wakaizumi Parks Cherry Blossom Festival

In a normal year the festival is usually held on a weekend day in early April. They normally have festival food stalls and special events in conjunction with the blooming cherry blossoms. They also have a number of special surprises and events and the festival is very family friendly.

Kids can normally enjoy a mini steam locomotive ride that usually operates on the day of the festival along with games they put on for the children. City mascots from both Honjo and neighboring cities such as Fukaya usually attend the festival too, will be available to get your photo taken with. Again, in 2021 it is unlikely there will be any special events.

There is normally a special “gourmet” as the Japanese call it, at this festival too, including in previous years a popular local curry which will be available for the first 200 customers only. Also in a regular year, the trees are lit up the night of the cherry blossom festival.

☔Even when the festival is scheduled they it is often cancelled if it is raining on the scheduled day.

Honjo Cherry Blossoms (in the Wakaizumi parks) access

About a 15 minute walk from JR Takasaki Line’s Honjo station.

About 3.3 kilometers from the Honjo Kodama exit of the Kanestu expressway. Between the three parks and public facilities in the area there is free parking for up to 400 cars.

For more cherry blossom and seasonal events in Saitama, please see the main Saitama Events Calendar.

Official Honjo Sightseeing Association website

Wakaizumi Park

2 Chome-2-50 Wakaizumi,
Honjo, Saitama 367-0055 Japan
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March 20 @ 10:00
April 4 @ 15:00
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