Festival lanterns and cherry blossoms reflected in water at tsurugashimashi sports park

Information for the annual Tsurugashima Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual Tsurugashima Industry Festival and general information for Tsurugashima Sports Park. Update April 7th: the cherry blossom festival has been extended.

Tsurugashima Sports Park

Festival lanterns and cherry blossoms at tsurugashimashi sports park

Tsurugashimashi Sports Park isn’t a particularly large park and, unless you are playing sports, not a particularly engaging park either. However, it has two things going for it; cherry blossoms and a splash pool. In addition, for some, the fishing in the park is the main attraction. Furthermore, in 2021, a new nature park was opened right beside the current park.

Two men fishing at tsurugashimashi sports park under sun umbrellas

The park is useful for locals as it has walking courses, a tennis courts, a baseball ground and the lake in the park is very popular for fishing. There is a boardwalk on one side of the lake. It has a sign to say no children allowed though. There is a very small playground for children. It is best suited to small children.

Splash Pool

The splash pool is probably the highlight of the park for slightly older children. It is a nice splash pool with a short wading river. As you can see in the photos above, the splash pool is backdropped by cherry blossoms. The base is flat so it is easy to walk on, but there are some large rocks positioned in the water which are a potential hazard. The pool itself has no shade, but there are some trees around the perimeter that afford shade and there is also a gazebo.


Cherry Blossoms

The cherry blossoms around the fishing lake is one of the famous cherry blossom scenes of Tsurugashima City. Approximately 12,000 people come to see the cherry blossoms in Tsurugashima each year. In 2018, we visited a bit late for the main cherry blossoms, which as you might remember were earlier than a “normal” year. You could tell, even though the cherry blossoms were past their prime, that the lake would look stunning when the trees are in full bloom. There are a couple of yaezakura in the park too though and they were in bloom during our visit and are very picturesque. 

Tsurugashima Cherry Blossom Festival in 2024

The park has a popular cherry blossom festival annually. Often places that set their dates early amend the dates according to the state of bloom. However, in my experience Tsurugashima generally sticks to the dates they set, even if the cherry blossoms aren’t in bloom for some of the festival. Moreover, the dates of Tsurugashima’s festival normally signify the period of the light up of the cherry blossom trees. There is only one main day in the two week period, with additional events and food stalls. However, throughout the two week “festival” period, they light the lanterns nightly from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Poster for the cherry blossom festival ie sakura matsuri at Tsurugashima Sports Park, Saitama Prefecture
Old flyer from 2018

The Tsurugashima Cherry Blossom Festival is on from Saturday March 23rd until Sunday April 7th 14th¹ 2024. The main day is Saturday April 6th. Please note, the cherry blossoms may not be in bloom at that time. We will just have to wait and see. On the 6th they will special events and food and festival stalls. They have live music performances on the day, between 10 am and 4 pm. ¹They extended the light up period from the 7th to the 14th of April because the cherry blossoms were late to start blooming. Official notification of extension of light up.


The 38th Annual Tsurugashima Industry Festival

The two day festival is held in the park annually. You can enjoy live music and performances as well as a market with dozens of food stalls. There is a kids corner where children can play begoma and other traditional games as well as participate in workshops. The full line up here.

Tsurugashima Sports Park and Industry Festival Information

Public toilets and vending machines available.

Event: Tsurugashima Industry Festival 2023 第38回鶴ヶ島産業まつり

Date: Saturday November 11th and Sunday November 12th 2023

Hours: The park is never closed, but the parking lot is closed overnight. The parking lot hours are from 6 am to 7.30 pm. The park opens late when the Tsurugashima cherry blossom festival is on and the sakura are lit up. The industry festival is on from 10 am to 4 pm on both days.

Cost: free / free parking

Venue: Tsurugashima Sports Park, 201-8 Ōtagaya, Tsurugashima-shi, Saitama-ken 350-2214

Industry festival event page.

Official Park Web page

>>If you are in Tsurugashima, don’t miss the excellent Greenfinger cafe!<<

Access

By public transport: you can get a bus from Tobu Tojo Line Wakaba station for 
「柳戸町」 Its a five minute walk from this bus stop.

By car: Five minutes from the Tsurugashima Interchange of the Ken-O expressway. There is parking for 250 cars in the free car park. However, for the weekend of the main events of the cherry blossom festival, they restrict the parking. Please note that in spring 2023 they are doing some work on the roads around the park.

Editor’s note: Second republish February 14th 2023. Third republish February 13th 2024.

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