Saitama’s best Kawazu zakura spot? Its funny, all these years I thought Saitama didn’t really have a particularly head turning kawazu zakura spot. And then last year, I realized that we do, its just not been marketed very well. I have dozens of books about Saitama – not one has this gem listed. I only heard about it after the season last year. So I waited almost a year to see with my own two eyes just how beautiful this under marketed location is. We have all these beautiful nature spots that go unheard of. Maybe the locals prefer it that way. But Mother Nature made these type of scenes for us all to enjoy.
Saitama Kawazu zakura
There are several places to see ‘nice’ kawazu zakura in Saitama. They mightn’t win any scenery awards, but the trees are beautiful. Until now, the best two I have seen are in Sumiyoshi (Sakado) and Rakusato no Kai Okegawa. However, this year the ones at Sumiyoshi in Sakado may not bloom. They only tend to bloom once every four years! Sakado also has another variety of early blooming cherry blossoms called Kanzakura. They do bloom annually, a little later than the kawazu zakura.
**I will add more photos someday soon! Hopefully you can get the gist from the few on this post. Thank you for your understanding and your readership. 🙂
Washinomiya Kawazu Zakura
The heavenly cherry blossoms in this post are in the Washinomiya area of Kuki City, Saitama Prefecture. Beside Washinomiya Shrine of anime Lucky Star fame. They could win a scenery award! They bloom along the Aogebori River¹ from the end of February to early March. Starting from Washinomiya Shrine the Kuki Kawazuzakura stretch for about two and a half kilometers south to the Tohoku train tracks in the Koguki area. There are approximately 335 trees along the 2.5 kilometers. The best time to see them is the end of the first week of March.
¹Aogebori River is also called Aogehori River. There is very little in English online about “Aogebori” or “Washinomiya” early blooming cherry blossoms. However, if you are looking for stock photos you can find some by searching Aoi Horikawa cherry blossoms!! Automatic translation at its finest!
- Miyamae Bridge
- Washinomiya Water Pipe
There are areas where they bloom with rapeseed. However, this year rapeseed seems to be late to bloom in Saitama. I also found quite a few daffodil on walk. Please note that the North end of the walk there are barriers so you can’t go down on the embankment to take photos. However, further south there is an area without barriers. Its just by the water pipe too, so you can get a pretty photo from down on the riverside.
Take a look at the tag “青毛堀川の河津桜” on Instagram to see how pretty the sakura are in full bloom.
Sorry this post is a bit rough and ready, but I want to get out in time for others to have the information. Especially as it is to rain next week. Also, for the moment I’ve used unedited photos, but I hope if I can find sometime I’ll add better ones. Of the various kawazuzakura spots I’ve been to in Saitama, I think this one is probably the most photogenic. Moreover, it is a very nice walk. However, you can only really walk along the East side of the river as the West side is not pedestrianized.
The nearest station is Washinomiya Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line. The Higashi-Washinomiya Station on the Tohoku Main Line is also relatively near to the south end of the cherry blossoms.
By car: the nearest interchange is “Kuki” on the Tohoku Expressway. The problem is parking. I noticed a free car park on route 410. It said it was free for anyone shopping in the area, but please do read the signs yourself. And park at your own risk. I did not use this car park myself as I had permission to use a car space at a place where I was shopping. To be honest, I would have been most comfortable using coin parking, but I couldn’t find any nearby.