Wakaizumi parks cherry blossoms with red bridge

The Wakaizumi area of Honjo has three “Wakaizumi” parks; Wakaizumi Dai Ichi, Dai Ni and Wakaizumi sports park. Dai Ichi and Dai Ni are right beside each other, both quite small independently, but together they make a nice medium sized park. The Wakaizumi Park is a lovely park for children with lots of playground equipment. Furthermore, it is an ideal spot to enjoy hanami with children with some truly stunning cherry blossom views. The Dai Ni park in particular is very picturesque with several bridges, including red and moon bridges. During the period of bloom there is a two day cherry blossom festival with a craft art fair…

Wakaizumi Cherry Blossoms

There are 160 cherry blossom trees within the Wakaizumi park and Dai Ni parks according to the official website. In Wakaizumi park they are along the river and around the playground. In Dai Ni they grow around the ponds. Typically the cherry blossoms in these parks bloom end of March to early April. Furthermore, as the petals start to shed around the end of the first week of April, you can see the water features in the park turn to pink.

Wakaizumi Parks Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossom festival is usually on the first weekend of April. However, in 2024, it will be on the last weekend of March – Saturday March 30th and Sunday March 31st. I serendipitously ended up at this festival in 2022! It was a lovely surprise to arrive to the park and see all the festival lanterns and stalls up – despite heavy rain! Often cities and towns in Saitama cancel their cherry blossom festivals when there is rain. Moreover, it was one of only a few sakura matsuri that actually went ahead in 2022. They usually have a number of special surprises and events on for the festival. For example, in previous years they had a mini steam locomotive and mascot meet and greets. In addtion, they have food stalls at this festival and a craft art fair…

Honjo Craft Art Fair 2024

In the last couple of years they run a Craft Art Fair on the same weekend of the cherry blossom festival. The fair sells wood, glass and even gold handmade goods. They also have things like paintings and magazines.

Light up

Wakaizumi Parks light up the cherry blossoms at night. Not just for the festival, but for the period of the bloom. The light up dates have not yet been announced for 2024. They usually wait until nearer the time to gage the period of bloom. The light up is normally on from 6 to 10 pm nightly during the period of the bloom.

Information

Event: Wakaizumi Park Cherry Blossom Festival and Craft Art Fair 2024

Dates: Saturday March 30th and Sunday March 31st 2024

Hours: the festival is on from 10 am to 3 pm, the parks are open 24 hours

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: Wakaizumi Parks, 2 Chome-2-23 Wakaizumi, Honjo, Saitama 367-0055. View on Google maps.

Access

By public tranport: About a 15 minute walk from JR Takasaki Line’s Honjo station.

By car: About 3.3 kilometers from the Honjo Kodama exit of the Kanestu expressway. Between the three parks and public facilities in the area there is supposedly free parking for up to 400 cars. However, during the festival period you cannot park in either Wakaizumi nor Dai Ni parks. I found it very hard to find the parking lots as they are not clearly marked on maps.

Don’t miss these rare Sunlight Sakura a ten minute drive from Wakaizumi.

Craft Art Fair official website

Official Honjo Sightseeing Association website

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Last republish February 2nd 2024.

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