Night Sakura at Kinugawa Onsen
(Kinugawa Mangekyo Festival)


A night ‘Cherry Blossom Hanami Festival’ nearby Tokyo

Last updated by Angus M
on July 9, 2024
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: Early April
*All dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.

*Information last checked on 2024-06-21


18:00 – 20:30

– Special Events & Programmes –

There will be a special program announced nearer to the time of the Festival

*All dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.

*Information last checked on 2024-06-21



*Information last checked on 2024-06-21

How to enjoy the Night Sakura at Kinugawa Onsen

Picturesque scenery
(Insta worthy!)

Fun for a group of friends

Romantic Evening

Girl's Day Out

Fun for the family

Solo Traveler

Traditional Japan

Enjoy 1-3 hours

🌸🌙Enjoy a mystical night under sakura trees in Kinugawa Onsen🌙 🌸

Every year for a week in early April, when the 🌸cherry blossoms are in their full bloom, the sakura trees in Gokoku shrine and the Onsen shrine are 🔦lit up for visitors to experience a 🏮mystical atmosphere and enjoy Japanese 🎵traditional festival ️music as well as traditional performances by local 👘geisha ladies.

This “Night Cherry Blossom Festival” in Kinugawa Onsen is a great opportunity for overseas visitors to experience the authentic local culture and the beauty of the night sakura in the same location.

While you are there, don’t forget to take a dip in the amazing hot springs (onsens) ‘Kinugawa onsen’ ♨️ has to offer as well 😉

What to do near the Night Sakura at Kinugawa Onsen

Edo Wonderland

Entrance to Nikko Edo Wonderland
Come time travel to Samurai roaming Edo-period Japan! You can transform into a ninja, samurai, or townsperson for an immersive experience, or enjoy the day as a time traveler visiting Edo.

Silk Express

Silk Express bus taking guests to Kinugawa Onsen
Why not join a bus tour by Silk Express? The Silk Express runs from Kinugawa Onsen, Utsunomiya, and Nikko and takes you on a fun excursion around Yunishigawa and the Nikko area.
Kinugawa River running down Ryuokyo

Kinugawa Onsen Kawaji Onsen Area

Kinugawa Onsen and Kawaji Onsen are popular onsen (hot spring) areas 2hours from Tokyo. Why not relax in a hot spring at one of the many Ryokans with hot springs?
Places to EAT in Kinugawa Onsen
Places to STAY in Kinugawa Onsen

Ryokan (Japanese Style Hotels)

Kinugawa is a famous Onsen (Hot spring) town so there are many nice Onsen Ryokans (Japanese Style Hotels with a hot spring). Some Ryokans also cater for guests with dietary requirements.

Western Style Hotels

Kinugawa area is a popular destination so there are many Ryokans (Japanese Hotels) with Western style rooms that cater towards western guests.

Guesthouses & Airbnbs

There are a few Guesthouses and holiday homes options in this area, but there are many Hotels and Ryokans with hot springs to choose from.

Kinugawa Grand Hotel YUME no TOKI

Kinugawa Grand Hotel Yume no toki (in Kinugawa Onsen)
Indulge in delicious seasonal Kaiseki cuisine, unwind in open-air baths, and relax in our nice hot spring to experience a calm and memorable stay.

Kinugawa Park Hotels

View of Kinugawa Park Hotel
Just minutes from Kinugawa Onsen Station. With scenic river views, delicious food and amazing hot spring baths, our hotel is great for family vacations and getaways.

(How to get to the Night Sakura Viewing area in Kinugawa Onsen)

How to get there

Public Transport

2hrs 30mins from Tokyo by train.


2hrs 45mins drive from Tokyo by car.

Direct Bus from JR Utsunomiya Station

Going to this Night Sakura Event?

If you are staying the night, why not take the Silk Express for a hassle-free journey from JR Utsunomiya station to Kinugawa Onsen?  The Silk Express has partner hotels so make sure to ask them if you are looking for a hotel.

Buses run daily (once a day), so please check their English page. 

Location & Address


Kinugawa Onsen Gokoku Shrine


Kinugawa Onsen Gokoku Shrine, 834-45 Taki, Kinugawa Onsen, Nikko city, Tochigi Pref. Japan 321-2526

〒321-2526 日光市鬼怒川温泉滝834-45

Access from Tokyo

By Public Transport

Via Limited Express trains from Tobu-Asakusa Station (2hrs 30min)

From Asakusa or Shinjuku, take the Limited Express Revaty ‘Kegon’, ‘Aizu’ ‘Kinu’ or Spacia’ or towards Kinugawa Onsen or Tobu-Nikko.

If the train is going towards Tobu-Nikko change at Shimo-imaichi Station in Nikko, and transfer to Tobu-Kinugawa Line bound for Shin-Fujiwara.

Alight at Kinugawa Onsen Station and walk 25 minutes to Kinugawa Park or take a short bus ride.

Or you can alight at Kinugawa-Koen station and walk for 15 min.

By Car

Via Imaichi IC on Nikko-Utsunomiya Doro (2hrs 45min from Tokyo)

Approximately 2 hr 45 min (165 km) from Tokyo via Tohoku Expressway & Utsunomiya-Nikko Doro.

It is around 25 minutes from Imaichi IC on the Nikko-Utsunomiya Doro (Toll road).

*Only parking for 30 cars onsite.

We recommend using a travel app like Google Maps or Japan Transit Planner to find train times.

Contact Details (Event Organizer)

For information about this event, please contact the Nikko City Tourism Association Kinugawa-Kawaji Branch directly.
Tel: +81 (0)288-22-1525

Official Page   (External Link – English)

By email (tourist office)

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