2015 Cherry Blossom Festivals

Hanami season has arrived! Make sure you get to at least one of these events to appreciate the beauty of the cherry blossoms!

Tsuchiura Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 21 – April 12
Where: Kijo Park, Old Mall Waterfall, Ottonuma Park, Sakuragawa River banks, Shingawa River banks, Manabe Elementary School, Komachi Hall, Ryugamine, and other locations around Tsuchiura

Decorations
Paper Lanterns – Kijo Park, Sakuragawa River banks, Ottonuma Park, Hasukawara
Illuminations – Kijo Park, City Hall

Events

All Locations
March 28 – April 5 – Town Cherry Blossom Shuttle Bus
April 5 – Hike from Tsuchiura Station
Kijo Park
April 5, 10:30am – 4pm – Outdoor Tea Ceremony, Tsuchiura Three Piece Band Performance, Pony Rides, Spring Curry Fair, Stage Events
Old Mall Waterfall
April 5, 11am onward – Shuriken Squad Nin Ninja Show, Local Idol Performance, Dance Performance, Motor Show, Tricycle Rides, Street Card Magic, Catering Cars
Sakuragawa River Banks
March 21 – April 12 – Illuminations
March 28 – April 5 (weekends only) 10am – 4pm – Hanami River Cruise (six boats a day), Sakuragawa River Shuttle Bus
April 4 – Hanami Dragon Boat
*To book or inquire contact Rakusu Marina 029-822-2437 (Japanese only)
Shingawa River Banks
March 21 – April 4 – Lanterns (Tatsuta-machi, Manabe 1 Chome, Manabe 2 Chome
Niihari
April 5, 12:30pm – 3pm – Yabusame Festival (Hieda Shrine) (buses in operation from Kijo Park)
Hasukawara Cherry Blossom Festival
March 21 – April 12 – Lanterns
April 4-5 – Pedestrian Heaven
Ottonuma Park Cherry Blossom Festival
March 21 – April 12 – Lanterns
April 5, 10am – Cherry Blossom Karaoke, Free Amazake
Manabe Cherry Blossom Festival
April 4, 2-4pm – Manabe Orchestra, Paper Puppet Show, Taisho Koto Performance, Fire Truck, Free Lemon Water, Barley Tea, Cherry Blossom Tea, Cherry Blossom Mochi Making
6-9pm – Illuminations
6-8pm – Taiko, Piano, Free Cherry Blossom Tea and Cherry Blossom Mochi
April 3, 5, 6-9pm – Illuminations
Other Events
April 4 – Ikebana Exhibitions (Kijo Plaza and the Tsuchiura/Ishioka Area)
April 4-5 – Kyudo Tournament (Budokan)
April 5 – Tsuchiura Hanami Walk (Tsuchiura)
April 5, 10am – 3pm – Lake Kasumigaura Duck Tour One Year Anniversary Event

44th Annual Shimotsuma Sanuma Marsh Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 29 – April 12
Where: Sanuma Marsh, Shimotsuma

Enjoy illuminations in the evening from sunset till 9pm. On April 5th there will be a one day event from 9:30am till 3pm packed with attractions, from stalls selling food, drink, and local products to karaoke, a bingo contest, kids’ races, Taiko performances, and much, much more.

Mt. Atago Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Late March – Early May
Where: Mt. Atago Main Car Park, Kasama City

Enjoy around 2000 blooming cherry blossom trees at Mt. Atago, famous for its Tengu legend. The cherry blossoms are in bloom later here due to the difference in elevation.

53rd Annual Hitachi Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 – 19
Where: Heiwa doori/Kamine Park/Juuou Panorama Park, Hitachi City

Illuminations
Heiwa Doori: 6 – 11pm
Kamine Park: 6 – 9:30pm
Juuou Panorama Park: 6 – 9pm

Events on Heiwa Doori
April 3 – Night Cherry Blossom Pedestrian Heaven (6-9pm)
April 4 – Hitachi Furyumono (Intangible Cultural Heritage) (1, 4, 7pm), Taiko Performance, food and craft stalls, hanami tea
April 5 – Hitachi no Sasara (traditional lion dance from Hitachi) (12, 2pm), Hitachi Furyumono (1, 3pm), Mikoshi Parade, Taiko Performance, food and craft stalls, hanami tea, ladder-top kite performance
April 6 – Hitachi Furyumono (1, 3pm), Cherry Blossom Road Race
April 10 – Night Cherry Blossom Pedestrian Heaven (6-9pm)
April 12 –Hanami, Hitachi Style Gourmet Event

26th Annual Kamisu Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 – 15
Where: Gonoike Park, Kamisu City
Access: 20 minutes from the Itako IC on the Higashikanto Expressway by car, 20 minutes by taxi from JR Kashima-Jingu Station

Head to Gonoike Park to enjoy the blooming of 3000 cherry blossom trees. There will be lanterns in the evening from 6-9:30pm, allowing you to see the cherry blossoms in a different light. On April 4-5th there will be play equipment set up for kids to play on, and on April 5th there will be a Yosakoi performance. There will also be putt-putt golf, jogging, and bird watching for visitors.

6th Annual Tatsunokuchi Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 3 – 12
Where: Tatsunokuchi Shinsui Park, Hitachiomiya City

Enjoy 1.3km of Japanese lanterns among the cherry blossoms. They will be lit in the evening.

Illuminations
Sunset – 8:30pm

Events
April 11 – Fireworks Display (7-7:30pm)
Illuminations will be cancelled if it rains. The fireworks display will occur the following day if it rains.

Fukuoka Dam Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 3 – 7
Where: Fukuoka Dam Sakura Park, Tsukuba Mirai City
Access: Free shuttle bus from TX Miraidaira Station during the festival, or 15 minutes by car from the Yawara IC or the Yatabe IC on the Joban Expressway

Walk along 1.8km of 550 cherry blossom trees lining the Kokaigawa River.

Events
April 5-6, 10am – 3pm, Sakura Namiki Chuo Park
Live performances from local stars, Yosakoi performances, amateur performances, and stalls selling food, drink, and local products.

6th Annual Bando Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 4-5, 10am – 4pm
Where: Yasaka Park Athletic Field/Sakasai Castle Park, Bando City

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