Omiya Park cherry blossoms Japan Top 100

On the night of April 7th the Omiya Park official site announced that the festival and light up is now over for the 2024 season and that the cherry blossoms have started to shed.

Omiya Park is a popular spot for locals, tourists and expats alike to enjoy hanami, cherry blossom viewing. Its proximity to Tokyo on top of the stunning scenery and lively atmosphere is one of the big draws of this annual festival which attracts thousands annually. It is listed in the top 100 places to see cherry blossoms in Japan, one of three such locations in Saitama. However, they are always one of the last to confirm their cherry blossom festival information. It has always been that way, nothing to do with the pandemic. They finally released information today…

Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms

Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms are ranked as the 2nd most popular place to view cherry blossoms in Saitama and the 16th most popular in the country according to Jorudan. Approximately 130,000 people come to view the cherry blossoms in Omiya Park in an average year.

Sunday April 7th 2024: according to the official website, the cherry blossoms are now past prime and starting to shed. The festival is also over now.

There are approximately 1,000 cherry blossom trees in Omiya park. Generally speaking, they bloom the last week of March and first week of April. Despite being forecasted to bloom early in 2024, they are actually more or less on time in relation to average dates. During the cherry blossom season, they line the pathways in the park with festival lanterns.  Before the pandemic when the cherry blossoms were in bloom, there were normally about 180 food stalls in the park…

Cherry Blossom Festival

Omiya Park generally don’t release the festival information until the day of or day before the cherry blossom festival starts. They’ve always been like this, nothing to do with the you-know-what! They start the festival when the cherry blossoms in the park have reached a certain percent of bloom. And they only announce it with a day or two’s notice. Although they released the information for the light up in 2024 today, they haven’t mentioned how many food trucks and festival stalls there are. However, there are some in the park as of March 28th 2024. The cherry blossoms will be lit up at night from Saturday March 30th to Sunday April 7th 2024.

Rules during Omiya Park Cherry Blossom season

In all years, no fireworks, bonfires or fires of any sort are allowed during the cherry blossom season. They ask that you don’t secure hanami spots with tarp or picnic blanket in advance. In other words, please only put down tarp or picnic blankets at the time of your hanami. Pets are permitted in the park even in hanami season. You are requested to bring your rubbish home. They ask that you keep maintain social distancing. Lastly, they request that you finish your hanami by 9 pm.

Omiya park Cherry blossoms with children

Omiya park cherry blossoms

There are lots of attractions for small children in this park making it a good place to do hanami with children. There is a small zoo, a playground, battery cars and a fairground ride.

More information about the park with kids:

 

Information for Omiya Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Event: Omiya Park Cherry Blossom Festival 2024 大宮公園桜祭り令和6年

Date: season open from March 27th, food and festival stalls from March 28th. April 3rd is expected to be prime viewing. Light up is from March 30th to April 7th 2024.

Time: light up is from dusk until 9 pm.

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Omiya Park, 4 Chome Takahanacho, Omiya Ward, Saitama, 330-0803. (Map below access information)

Access

Omiya Park is close to the Tobu Urban Park Omiya Koen station and about a 10 minute walk from JR Omiya station.

By car it is about 7 kilometers from the Tohoku Expressway’s Iwatsuki Interchange.  Free parking for up to 300 cars.

There are also cherry blossoms in Omiya Dai Ni Park.

Official website

2 Comments

    1. Author

      Unfortunately it gets quite crowded these days, I’m lucky that I got to enjoy it for a couple of years without the crowds!

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