cherry blossoms at oshamojiyama park and used as a generic sakura photo for the shiki sakura festa cover photo

The Shiki cherry blossom festival, or as they call it Sakura Festa, is relatively new. They say it it is the 7th annual Shiki Cherry Blossom Festival, but considering the 3rd, 4th and 5th were cancelled, it really is only the fourth! The trees have been around longer than that though, at the beautiful and evolving Iroha Shinsui Park. Where, in the last few years, they have made several improvements and added new facilities and attractions in the park. For example, a new cafe and a fantastic water play area. Currently, there is 1000 hanging hina decorations at the former Murayama Kaisaido in the park – until March 11th.

Shiki Sakura Festa

Iroha Shinsui park boat ride during the cherry blossom season

The 2024 festival is currently scheduled for Saturday the 23rd and Sunday 24th of March. On both days the festival is on from 10 am to 3 pm. It will not go ahead if there is heavy rainfall, but will proceed in the incidence of light rain. It is a relatively large cherry blossom festival with several different areas and individual events. They have confirmed several elements of the 2024 festival, but they say they are subject to change as it gets nearer the time. Also, the poster for 2024 won’t be available until a later date.

There is festival stalls, live entertainment, children’s play area and pony rides on both days. They will also have a BBQ, which requires advance booking (further information not yet available). And there is a mention of the festival opening with fireworks each day! There is a flea market on the Saturday. On Sunday the live entertainment will include taiko performances. There will be a rickshaw ride on that day too, as well as an art event.

Sakura Boat Ride

Another of the highlights of this festival is a boat ride on the Shingashi River. The boat ride will be on both days, all things equal. However, the boat doesn’t go under a tunnel of cherry blossoms. If you want that pleasure either the famous cherry blossom boat ride (also on the Shingashi River) in Kawagoe, or the one on the Motoara river in Fukiage are highly recommended. Kawajima Town has a boat ride that is similar to this one in Shiki too.

Information

Event: Shiki Sakura Festa 志木さくらフェスタ

Date: Saturday March 23rd and Sunday 24th 2024.

Time: from 10 am to 3 pm.

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Iroha Shinsui Park, on Google Maps as Iroha Water Park, 5 Chome-1 Nakamuneoka, Shiki, Saitama 353-0002. View on Google Maps.

Access

The Iroha Shinsui park is located conveniently close to the Shiki City offices. You can take a bus to the Shiki city hall and walk a couple of minutes to the park. There is no parking available at Iroha Water Park during the period of the festival.

Official event page on the Shiki City website.

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