Koshigaya Plum Blossom Festival

All things equal, Koshigaya will have their first plum blossom festival in five years this March. They did actually schedule it in both 2023 and 2022, but ultimately cancelled it. The grove was open to the public, even though they didn’t have a festival. But this year it is looking good for the festival!

Koshigaya Plum Blossom Season

When I think of plum blossoms in Saitama Ogose, Shinrin Park and Omiya Dai Ni Park used to be the first to come to mind. Particularly, Ogose Plum Forest holding the honour of one of Kanto’s “three great plum blossom groves”. But in recent years, Koshigaya Plum Blossom Grove has made its way onto the list of notable plum groves in Saitama Prefecture. There are approximately 300 plum blossom trees, of 40 varieties, in the park. They typically bloom from around mid February to mid March.

Koshigaya Plum Blossom Festival

The grove in Koshigaya has always been enjoyed by locals. But before the pandemic began it had also become one of the larger and better known plum blossom festivals. Nowadays, it attracts hundreds of visitors, not just locals, during the festival period. Perhaps due to its proximity to Tokyo.

The festival is normally on the first weekend of March. In 2024 it is on (all things equal) Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd. During the period of the festival locals organize events and set up festival stalls. Visitors receive a glass of amazake as “service”(subject to availability)! The park, its “ume” and the festival receive rave reviews online. There is usually music and dance performances scheduled on both days and the plum blossom mascot is usually there for the occasion. In addition, you can “hanami” picnic under the plum blossoms.

Information

Event: the 30th annual Koshigaya Plum Grove Plum blossom Festival 第30回越谷梅林公園梅まつり

Dates: Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd 2024

Time: from 10 am to 3 pm

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Koshigaya Plum Grove Park 越谷梅林公園, 203-1 Obayashi, Koshigaya, Saitama 343-0021. View on Google Maps.

Access

The plum blossom festival is held in Koshigaya’s Plum Forest park. It is about a 20 minute walk from Tobu Skytree Line Kita Koshigaya Station’s west exit. Please note there is no longer a free shuttle bus and there is no parking either. They ask that you come on foot or by bicycle.

Official web page which doesn’t have the specifics for 2024. You can find the 2024 information in Japanese here.

Editor’s note: the post was temporarily removed from the website during the pandemic. It was republished on February 11th 2023. Previous update 20190227. Updated on republished on February 4th 2024.

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