Early - Mid
Apr
The park has plenty of natural beauty to appreciate in spring

Zenibuchi Park Sakura Festival

Springtime blooms in snow country

By Kim B    - 1 min read
Venue: Zenibuchi Park When: Early - Mid Apr 2021

Cherry blossoms are one of Japan's biggest springtime drawcards, and there are plenty of places to appreciate their beauty throughout the country. One such spot in Niigata Prefecture is Zenibuchi Park, which is home to an annual sakura festival. The park is surrounded by a number of mountains, which often still have snow-capped peaks at this time of year - just another part of what makes this region of Japan so picturesque!

A unique feature of this sakura festival is the free crane rides that visitors can enjoy, which allow for a full panoramic view of the park.

Getting there

Zenibuchi Park is approximately a fifteen minute walk from the JR Muikamachi Station, served by both the Joetsu and Hoku-Hoku local lines. Alternatively, if you're headed to the park via private vehicle, there is free on-site parking available.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sleiman Azizi 3 months ago
Practice social distancing and stay safe. Exactly! And even easier to do when you have the space to do so like here.
Kim B Author 3 months ago
For sure! I know a lot of festivals in Niigata have been cancelled this year, but I think part of the reason this one is still running is because there's such a large amount of space. Easy to still enjoy the beauty of the season without being all on top of people!