Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms

Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms in 2022 – 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 locations in Saitama.

Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms

omiya park cherry blossoms
From the official STIB website

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. There are approximately 1,000 cherry blossom trees in Omiya park.  During the cherry blossom season, they line the pathways in the park with festival lanterns.  In a non pandemic year, when there is a festival on, there are 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 before the cherry blossom festival starts. They start it when the cherry blossoms in the park have reached a certain percent of bloom. In both 2021 and 2020 the cherry blossoms bloomed earlier than an average year. And in 2022, they are also expected to be early according to the very first sakura report, released just this morning. In 2021, the festival was cancelled for the second year in a row on account of the Coronavirus. It is possible that will be the situation in 2022. But even when there is no festival you can visit the blossoms.

However, please note that if the festival is cancelled, there will no festival stalls. Moreover, you may not be able to do hanami under the trees as was the situation in both 2020 and 2021. In addition, if there is no festival there will be no light up. In a normal year, they light up the cherry blossoms on select nights during the season.

Once the 2022 festival information becomes available I will add it to this post.

Rules during Omiya Park Cherry Blossom season

You are usually allowed to picnic under the trees and to eat and drink in the park during the cherry blossom season, but you weren’t allowed in 2020 or 2021. Also, you were not allowed to secure a place in advance with tarp. That is you can’t leave a sheet down, go off for a couple of hours and come back. Karaoke was also not allowed. In all years, no fireworks, bonfires or fires of any sort are allowed during the cherry blossom season. Pets are permitted in the park even in hanami season. You are requested to bring your rubbish home.

Omiya park Cherry blossoms with children

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:

 

Access Omiya Park Cherry Blossoms

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, which is better known for its plum grove.

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