Karasawa River Cherry Blossoms where the Fukya Cherry Blossom Festival is held

Information for the Fukaya Sakura Matsuri and Karasawa River Cherry Blossoms light up in 2024. The light up period was extended to match the bloom period of the flowers…

Karasawa River Cherry Blossoms

The Fukaya Sakura Matsuri, Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrates a tunnel of cherry blossoms along the Karasawa River. It is held at and around Takinomiya Shrine, near Fukaya Station. However, there are several different locations along the Karasawa River, in the area of Fukaya Station, that you can see stunning mature cherry blossom trees.

In front of the station, the river is narrow. Thus, the branches of the trees on opposite sides of the river actually meet in the middle, to create a perfect tunnel. They stretch for about three kilometers, and the river widens North of the station. So you can get a different view, where the branches don’t actually create an arch, but branch down over the river. Such as with the picture at the top of post. Furthermore there are several picturesque bridges along the way allowing for particularly striking sakura photos.

During the period of the cherry blossoms flowering there is a two day festival as well as a week of light up…

Fukaya Cherry Blossom Festival 2024

The 2024 Fukaya Cherry Blossom festival is Saturday March 30th and Sunday March 31st. There are food and festival stalls on both days. The festival stalls offer traditional festival games such as goldfish scoop. In addition, each day there are workshops and different events on each day. For example, you can ride on a rickshaw under the cherry blossoms on the 31st. Incredibly, there is no charge for the pleasure.

The trees will be lit with lanterns for one week; from Thursday March 28th to Wednesday April 3rd 2024. Update April 4th 2024: they’ve extended the light up until Sunday April 7th as the cherry blossoms are only coming into full bloom now.

>>An absolute must see sakura spot in Fukaya<<

Event: Fukaya Cherry Blossom Festival ふかや桜まつり AND Karasawa River Light Up 唐沢川ライトアップ

Dates: the festival is on Saturday March 30th and Sunday March 31st and the light up is on from March 28th to April 3rd 7th 2024.

Time: the festival is on from 10 am to 3 pm. Light up is on between 6 and 9 pm.

Cost: free to enter the venue / view the cherry blossoms.

Venue: Takinomiya Shrine Park, 5 Chome-6 Nishijima, Fukaya, Saitama 366-0824. View on Google Maps.

Access

Karasawa River and the festival area at Takinomiya Shrine’s park are right by the south exit of the JR Fukaya Station. There is no official parking for the festival.

Official event web page.

The featured photo, at the top of the post, was taken (by me!) at the Karasawa Bridge in April 2022.

Editor’s note; this post was temporarily off the website during the pandemic. It was republished on March 30th 2023. Last update March 21st 2024.

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