Festivals & Events
Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi Cherry Blossoms 熊谷桜堤の桜
One of Japan's top 100 cherry blossom spots
All along the riverbank of the Arakawa River, cherry trees turn a pale violet shade from the end of March to the beginning of April. Here, you can stroll along the river or pitch a tarp and enjoy a picnic under the spreading cherry trees.
- Taking a walk along the Arakawa River while taking in the cherry blossoms and rapeseed flowers
- Enjoying food and drinks with friends under the canopy of pink blossoms
How to Get There
The Arakawa River area is easily accessed by train.
From Tokyo, take a train to Kumagaya Station. The river is just a seven-minute walk away. Kumagaya Station is served by the Takasaki, Shonan-Shinjuku, Ueno-Tokyo and Chichibu lines, along with the Joetsu and Hokuriku shinkansen lines.
A spectacular view of pink and yellow blooms
There are 500 cherry trees along the Arakawa riverbank for a stretch of two kilometers at Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi. Along with the cherry trees, the nanohana, or rapeseed, flowers also bloom at the same time. This creates a spectacular contrast with the violet, pink and white above and the bright yellow below.
During the cherry blossom season, the otherwise quiet riverbank is alive with people of all ages enjoying the blooming flowers. Vendors set up stalls nearby and sell snacks and drinks. A path runs along the side of the Arakawa River that is perfect for strolling.