Kurome River Asaka cherry blossoms

The cherry blossoms along the Kurome River in Asaka City (near Tokyo) have become quite famous in recent years. There are approximately 232 Somei Yoshino cherry blossom rivers along the river. And during the period of bloom they have both a ‘sakura matsuri’ (cherry blossom festival) and ‘yozakura’ (cherry blossom light up). The festival is on for two days and the light up is on for at least 15 days. More information below.

Kurome River Cherry Blossom Festival

The 18th annual Kurome River Cherry Blossom Festival, along the Kurome Embankment in Asaka, is on Saturday March 30th and Sunday March 31st 2024. There will be food trucks and stalls on both days and they will have several events such as a stamp rally, drone play and exhibitions. In addition, there is live entertainment including a Yosakoi dance performance.

Kurome River Sakura Light Up

Kurome River Yozakura cherry blossom light up

Separately, they will also light up the trees at night. They use approximately 200 lanterns for the sakura light up. They will start the light up tomorrow night, Thursday March 21st 2024 and it will be on nightly until Sunday April 7th (all things equal).

Sakura X Train

This is one location where you can see trains pass by the cherry blossom on a bridge over the river.

Information

Event: Kurome River Flower Festival 2024 第18回黒目川花まつり& Cherry Blossom Promenade Light Up 桜並木の夜間ライトアップ

Dates: the festival is on March 30th and 31st. The light up is on from Thursday March 21st to Sunday April 7th 2024.

Time: the festival is on from 10 am to 4 pm each day. The light up time is currently not specified.

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Kurome River Cherry Blossom Promenade, 黒目川桜堤, Mizonuma, Asaka, Saitama 351-0023. View on Google Maps.

Access

As far as I know there is no official parking lot for this event. Moreover, any of the parking lots at nearby public facilities are used for festival stalls or festival related events on the days of the festival. Thankfully, the venue is within walking distance of Asakadai Station, which is on the Tobu Tojo line, and JR Kita-Asaka station. It takes about ten minutes on foot from both.

Official event page, on the Asaka City website.

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