Iwatsuki Castle Park cherry blossoms and red bridge

Information for the cherry blossom period at Iwatsuki Castle Park, including the dates for the light up, the food trucks and the “sakura matsuri” cherry blossom festival.

Iwatsuki Castle Park Cherry Blossom Season 2024

Iwatsuki Castle Park cherry blossoms

The cherry blossom period at Iwatsuki Castle Park in 2024 is from Wednesday March 20th to Sunday March 31st. Those are the dates that the festival lanterns are on the cherry blossom trees. Moreover, they light the lanterns at night during that period, between 6 and 9 pm. In addition, during that period there are food trucks at the park, where you can buy food and drink between 10 am and 9 pm.

There are approximately 600 cherry blossoms in Iwatsuki Castle Park. Many of them backdrop the stunning red bridge the park is famous for. There are also a few other scenic spots in the park, such as an old train carriage and a marionette clock. There is a nice playground in the park too. At one point the park was one of the most famous in the prefecture for cherry blossom viewing. It still is to a degree. Its location in Saitama’s capital ensures it always has a steady flow of visitors.


Iwatsuki Castle Park cherry blossom festival 2024

For years the festival was held on the first weekend in April. However, in 2023 and 2022, the festival was held at the end of March. Because the bloom period of the trees is getting earlier in recent years. This year may be the earliest the festival has ever been on. The 47th annual cherry blossom festival at Iwatsuki Castle park is scheduled for Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th 2024.

From the Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

For the two days of the festival there is a flea market and food trucks. They will also have four live performances each day. They also have live performances. On the Saturday it will be Koto performances and on the Sunday, Taiko performances.

Iwatsuki Castle Park Cherry Blossom Festival
From the official site

If you do visit, don’t miss the Iwatsuki Hisaizu Shrine a 14 minute walk away!


Event: Iwatsuki Castle Park Cherry blossoms / Festival 岩槻城址公園桜・祭り

Dates: *All subject to change depending on the condition of the sakura and the weather.

  • Lanterns / light up – from Friday March 15th to Sunday March 24th, from 6 to 9 pm.
  • Food trucks – Wednesday March 20th to Sunday March 31st.
  • Festival – Saturday 23rd and Sunday the 24th.

Hours: 9 am to 9 pm in general, festival from 10 am to 4 pm.

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Iwatsuki Castle Park, 3 Chome-1-1 Ota, Iwatsuki Ward, Saitama, 339-0052. View on Google Maps.

Cherry Blossom Access

The park is an approximate 25 minute walk from the east gate of the Tobu Urban Park Line’s Iwatsuki station.

Find even more cherry blossoms in Saitama here.

Official event page

First published in 2016, updated annually. R:March 12th 2022. R2024.03.12.

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