Spring

Fukuoka castle Sakura Festival at Maizuru park: Cherry Blossom view from Castle

Minori

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-Date: From middle of March to beginning of April

-Place: Maizuru park in Fukuoka-Time: ~22:00 (illumination 18:00 ~ 22:00)

-Access:

Subway ) 8 min walk from Akasaka or Ohorikoen subway stations

Bus)Nishitetsu Bus 5~8min walk from “Fukuokajo Korokan-mae,” “Fukuokashi Bijutsukan Higashiguchi,” and “Otemon/Heiwadai Rikujyokyogijyo-iriguchi”bus stops


For nearly 40 years, the Sakura festival has been held at Maizuru park.The 400 years old Fukuoka castle and the surrounding park are beautiful in their own rights but when illuminated they attract family, friends and colleagues in their thousands to celebrate the arrival of spring.

The park is also home to Korokan Ruins Museum and Heiwadai Baseball stadium Fukuoka castle, sometimes known as Maizuru castle, sits on top of Fukusaki hill. The eastern side the castle is protected by a natural moat in the form of The Naka River, the western side however is protected by natural mudflats.
The castle was completed in the Edo era and was said to be named by Kuroda Kanbei, after Bizen Fukuoka, which was the land of his ancestors.
Each year the festival starts on a different date, all depending on when the Sakura (cherry blossom) actually blossoms.

It’s best to arrive 4 to 6 days after the first bloom as the flowers will be more abundant.

Previous dates for the start of the festival are as follows:

2017 -25th March

2016- 19th March

2015-22nd March

2014-19th March

2013-13th March

2012-27th March

2011-22nd March

The Festival usually lasts for a couple of weeks but this is also dependent on weather, if it gets too warm the blossom will end early, unfortunately also ending the festival.

Fukuoka castle Sakura festival is a great place to enjoy “Hanami” due to over a thousand Sakura in the park.

Hanami is a Japanese custom which translates to the watching of flowers,Hana = Flower  Mi = watching

The majority of people celebrate Hanami by eating food and drinking with close ones. During the Sakura festival you can either bring your own BBQ equipment or rent. The cost of bringing your own equipment is 100 yen per person, the cost of rental depends on which company you decide on.

 

If you don’t fancy cooking yourself then don’t worry, with more than 90 foods stands to choose from even the pickiest of eaters will be happy with the choices that are available, from traditional Yakitori , Mochi , Takoyaki to Hamburgers and Kebabs. For those of you who just fancy a drink (or 3) there is also plenty to choose from, soft drink , Sake, beer and wine can be  easily found at many of the foods stands.

 

Many families like to bring their own picnics to the festival, bringing or buying a picnic blanket to sit on which they place under the Sakura.

 

 

The illuminations are turned on each evening from 18:00 – 22:00. The park has three distinctive themed areas, the cost to enter one area is 300 yen or 800 yen to access all three.You can also watch the lights for free. The best viewpoints would be

-ShidarezakuraLocated from Matsuki zaka to Tamonyagura

-Castle wall + Sakura Located from Kamino bridge

The Sakura festival is for the entire family to enjoy, there is even a small petting zoo set up especially to keep the children entertained, this includes goats, chicks, rabbits and ponies to ride. Other attractions for the kids include trampolines, bungee swings and bicycles.
So if you are lucky enough to be in the Fukuoka area around mid March, you are more than welcome to join us at the Fukuoka castle Sakura festival. Come and enjoy the sights and sounds, smells and tastes, a festival you will surely never forget.

All images are courtesy of Fukuoka City

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Minori

I now live in England but originally from Hiroshima and also I’ve lived in Germany for one year.

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