Primroses Saitama

Primroses Saitama. During April, the city of Saitama host a number of Japanese primrose “Sakurasou” festivals. Sakurasou is actually the official flower of Saitama Prefecture. It is also the official flower of the city (Saitama city). Despite that there is only really one *notable* place to see Japanese primroses in all of Saitama. And that is in Tajima-kehara primrose colony which is in Sakurasou park in Sakura Ward, Saitama City. The colony is a designated national natural monument.

Primroses Saitama

Japanese primrose
From STIB the official tourist bureau of Saitama City

Sakurasou is written in Japanese with the kanji for cherry blossoms and for grass i.e. cherry blossom grass. However, Japanese primrose is the name used in English for this flower. The flower doesn’t look that much like cherry blossoms nor does the shibazakura, or moss phlox as its called in English, but both are classified as coming under the  “sakura” umbrella. As aforementioned, the best place to see primroses in Saitama is at the Tajima Kehara primrose colony in Sakurasou park. The park also has some beautiful cherry blossoms. Often you can see the primrose and cherry blossoms bloom at the same time. And this year is one of those years. However, the Somei Yoshino variety maybe finished by the time of the festival:

2024 Japanese Primrose Festival

The Sakurasou festival is generally on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of April. However, in 2024 it will be on the second weekend – on the 13th and 14th of April. The primrose festival in Saitama City is a family friendly flower festival held at two locations. One in the Sakurasou park and one site at Urawa Station. The latter is on for two days, but the festival in Sakurasou park is only on Sunday April 14th. On that day they have live performances in the park, food and festival stalls and several events.

Japanese primrose sakurasou festival

Urawa Station

At Urawa station the festival is on both Saturday and Sunday. However, it is more of an exhibition than a festival in the typical festival.


Event: (Saitama City) Primrose Festival 2024 さくら草まつり

Date: Sunday April 14th at Sakurasou Park. April 13th and 14th at Urawa Station.

Time: 10 am to 3 pm at Sakurasou Park. 9 am to 4 pm at Urawa Station.

Venue: Sakurasou Park, 3542-1 Tajima, Sakura Ward, Saitama, 338-0837. Map below.


Sakuraso Park is about 20 minute walk from Nishi Urawa station. There is no official parking for this event. If you come by car they request that you use coin parking in the area.

Official event page for 2024.

>>More events in Saitama Prefecture this April<<

Updated annually, republished every couple of years. Last republish: April 10th 2022. Last updated April 10th 2024. event/primroses-saitama

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