Primroses Saitama. During April, generally the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of April, the city of Saitama host a number of Japanese primrose “Sakurasou” festivals. However, in 2020 and 2021 things were quite different on account of the Coronavirus. There was just one event disseminating information about primroses. In 2022 also things are a bit different, with no stage events or live entertainment. But there will be an event at Urawa Station and also at Sakurasou Park.
Sakurasou or Sakuraso 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.
Sakurasou is actually the official flower of Saitama Prefecture. Despite that there is only really one *notable* place to see Japanese primroses in all of Saitama. And that is in the Tajima area of Sakura Ward in Saitama City. The primrose is also the official flower of the city (Saitama city). The park the sakurasou bloom in – aptly named Sakurasou park – is a designated national natural monument. For what its worth: the park also has some beautiful cherry blossoms. Often you can see the primrose and cherry blossoms bloom at the same time. However, this year the sakura were early and they have pretty much finished just as the primroses are blooming.
2022 Japanese Primrose Festival
When the primroses are in bloom there is usually a child friendly flower festival in Sakurasou park. 2020 would have been the 100th anniversary of the festival, but due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency the festival did not go ahead as planned. The event was also cancelled in 2021. However, in 2022, there is a “festival” between April 11th and 17th. But its nothing like a regular festival with no events, live or stage performances and no festival booths. It really just indicates the period for the bloom.
There will also be a “festival” of sorts at Urawa Station’s east exit, in front of Urawa Parco, on April 16th and 17th. It is more a display of exhibitions and information dissemination really, with no extra activities, events or entertainment planned.
Access Primroses Saitama
Address: Sakurasou Park, 3542-1 Tajima, Sakura Ward, Saitama, 338-0837
Phone: 048-647-8339 (Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau)
Sakuraso Park is about 20 minute walk from Nishi Urawa station.
Updated annually, republished every couple of years. Last republish: April 10th 2022. event/primroses-saitama