Hanno spring festival cherry blossom

The Hanno “Spring Festival” is essentially a cherry blossom festival. Within Hanno, Hanno Central park and the area around Mt Tenran are particularly well known for their beautiful sakura trees. The festival is on in the former: Hanno Central Park. In 2024, it will be the site of an eight day long cherry blossom festival starting on March 23rd, a week earlier than last year. This year, for the first time in FIVE years, they will light the beautiful bonbori lanterns at night for ‘yozakura’.

Hanno Cherry Blossom Festival

Initially, the cherry blossom forecasts predicted an early start to the sakura season in 2024. But due to a cold spell in March they are no longer forecasted to bloom early. They will actually probably bloom in line with an average year. Therefore, there is a chance there will be no cherry blossoms in bloom for the first few days of the festival and an even higher chance that the sakura will peak after the festival is over!

Hanno Central Park is a popular place for families to enjoy cherry blossom viewing. The trees are mainly the Somei Yoshino variety. The festival is on in two main areas in the park; the “Hiroba” (square) and “Kawara” (river beach).

Festival Line Up

  • Food stalls / trucks daily from March 23rd to 31st
  • Additional stalls selling food and drink or souvenirs on the 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st.
  • Live performances on March 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st.
  • Loud voice competition on March 30th!

Live performances include for example: music, dance, traditional performances such as Yosakoi, hero show, baton twirling, street performers etc. You can check the full schedule here.

Hanno cherry blossom festival
From the Hanno Sakura site linked below ↓

Update April 2024

The festival has been extended a week, until Sunday April 7th.

Information

Event: Hanno Spring Festival 飯能春まつり

Date: Saturday March 23rd to Sunday March 31st April 7th* 2024. *The festival was extended a week, because the cherry blossoms were late to bloom.

Time: 10 am to 9 pm.

Cost: free to enter the venue.

Venue: Hanno Central Park, 223-1 Hanno, Saitama 357-0063. View on Google Maps.

Access

The park is a fifteen to twenty minute walk from Hanno Station. There is a parking lot at the park, but spaces are limited. They advise, where possible, to come by public transport especially on the weekends.

You can find dozens of other confirmed sakura matsuri in 2024 in Saitama here.

Official event page.

Editor’s note: this post was temporarily removed from the website during the pandemic. It was republished on March 14th 2023. Previous republish was March 2018. Last update March 15th 2024.

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