Saitama Sakura

Saitama Sakura
Saitama Sakura 2020

Saitama Sakura – Saitama may not be particularly well known for our cherry blossoms, but we still have plenty of places to enjoy cherry blossoms, cherry blossom festivals, events and Hanami. We also are home to one of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom trees.

Of course, this year 2020, things are a little different due to the efforts to curb the spread of Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19. Several (if not all) of the cherry blossom festivals around Japan have been cancelled. Moreover, the Government has requested that people forego hanami parties this year. This does not mean you cannot view the sakura: the parks are still open for sakura viewing, you just can’t picnic under the trees.


Other than 2020, we usually have a number of large and quality sakura / cherry blossom festivals in Saitama. You can usually find a sakura or cherry blossom festival or event near you, but of course 2020 is different. There are locations all over Saitama. Some of the larger or more famous sakura matsuri (cherry blossom festival) are detailed in the events calendar of this blog… GO TO SAITAMA SAKURA EVENTS PAGE…

And / or you can use the “Sakura 2020” tag to see a live update of confirmed locations for cherry blossom festivals, events and hanami this year.


    🌸Cherry Blossom Boat Ride

    There are a few places you can enjoy a boat ride under sakura in Saitama. One of the most popular events in recent years is the boat ride on the Shingashi River.

    Another is the boat ride on the Motoara River in Fukiage.

    🌸Horseback Archery through the Cherry Blossoms

    Ranzan has a number of events on during the cherry blossom season. The horseback archery show back-dropped by stunning sakura is one of the more unique events during this season:

    🌸Cherry Blossom Fireworks

    Ranzan is also one of the few places you can enjoy fireworks at this time of the year.

    🌸Cherry Blossom Light Up

    All of these are linked to further information in English. Click on the link to be brought to more detailed information for the cherry blossom  light up events at these popular cherry blossom spots in Saitama.

    Omiya Park
    Honjo Wakaizumi Parks
    Ishito Kabazakura
    Iwatsuki Castle Ruins Park
    Motoara River Sakura Namiki
    100 Caves of Yoshimi
    Satte Gongendo


    Over 80 of Saitama sakura / cherry blossom spots, hanami and sakura / cherry blossom locations mapped:


    In this post, linked below, you can find information for the three sakura locations in Saitama listed in the official top 100 cherry blossom spot guide for Japan: