Shimozato Elementary school from Non Non Biyori anime and famed for cherry blossoms

The Former Shimozato Elementary School

Playground and cherry blossoms at Shimozato School
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Donation box at former Shimozato Elementary school Ashigaoka anime school from non non biyori
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Non Non Biyori Anime School

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Ashigaoka Anime School from Non Non Biyori.

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Shimozato Cherry Blossoms

Hanami

Sakura at Ashigaoka Anime school Shimozato former school non non biyori

Cherry Blossom Festival 2024

The 8th annual cherry blossom festival is on in 2024. This is the first time it will be on in five years. It is scheduled for Sunday March 31st between 10 am and 3 pm. Official event page.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers Shimosato Shimozato Schoool

Most sunflowers bloom in either the month of July or August, but at the Shimosato Elementary School they bloom in June. I was a bit late visiting them last year, on June 29th 2023. They were already in bloom a week or two. Moreover, I visited the day after very heavy rain, so they looked a bit drowned!

Our first visit

Cafe

The playground

Playground and cherry blossoms at Shimozato School
Play area for toddlers at Shimozato ES

Information

Attraction: Ashigaoka School from Non Non Biyori, also a cherry blossom spot.

Venue: The Former Shimozato School, 824-1 Shimozato, Ogawa, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0323. View on Google Maps.

Access

The nearest station is Ogawa machi on the Tobu Tojo and JR Hachiko lines. Not to be confused with the Ogawamachi in Tokyo! It’s only about an hour and a half from Tokyo, all in, if you get a taxi from the station. You can also hire a bike or take a bus part of the way. It takes much longer if you walk as it is a 40 minute walk from the station.

Bus

You can get a bus part of the way. From the station you can get a bus to “Ogawa Park Hill” and alight at “Dento Kugei Kaikan”「伝統工芸会館前」 . It is about a 15 minute walk from there.

Rent a bike

According to Mike Hattsu Blog, you can rent a bike from in front of the Ogawa machi station. At the time his blog was posted it cost 500 yen. More information and real life scenes from Non Non Biyori at Mike Hattsu Blog.

By car

Colorful tyres and cherry blossom on the grounds of the Ashigaoka School from Non Non Biyori in Ogawa machi Saitama Prefecture
You can see the car park in the background

Parking is free. It is at the back of the school. You go through the school gate and down a dirt road until you see it past the organic farm.

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