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. In 2021, the festival was cancelled for the second year in a row on account of the Coronavirus. And unfortunately, there will be no festival, no festival stalls and no light up in 2022 either. In a normal year, they light up the cherry blossoms on select nights during the season.

Update March 26th 2022: the cherry blossoms are at about 20%.
Quick update March 21st 2022: the cherry blossoms started to bloom today.

However, this year you can sit in the park. But there are quite a few conditions. However, its a step up on last year and 2020 when you weren’t allowed sit in the park at all. This year they are allowing people from the same family sit under the trees. But no parties (food / drink) allowed. Also, there will be several areas where you can’t sit. They are also introducing a one way (walking) system for viewing this year.

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 (picnic sheet). There is no mention of tarps being forbidden this year, but as aforementioned, you can only sit in designated areas. Karaoke was also not allowed, but there is no mention of that in the rules for 2022 either.

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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