The sakura season of 2021 may be coming to a bittersweet ending, but it’s a never ending cycle of floral fun in Japan as the tulips pick up the crown and begin their reign as the flower champions of the season.
Head on over to Sakura City in Chiba Prefecture for the Sakura Tulip Festa 2021, and prepare to be blown away by the event’s collection of more than 300,000 tulips in 40 different varieties.
This event marks a fabulous return for the festival, after the outbreak of COVID-19 last year led to its cancellation, with officials even going as far as removing the heads of the tulips in order to deter visitors in 2020.
The event is held at Sakura city’s Sakura Furusato Square, and sees more than 300,000 individual tulips in full bloom set against the backdrop of a Dutch windmill. The event includes lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy such as tulip bulb digging, sightseeing boat rides along Lake Inba-Numa, Dutch street organ performances, windmill celebrations and sales of fresh local vegetables and souvenirs of the event and the surrounding area.
Instagram Photo Contest
Take part in the Sakura Tulip Festa ‘spring photo contest’ during the event for a chance to have your photos featured on the Sakura Tourism Instagram account.
To take part, make sure to follow the Sakura City Tourism Association’s Instagram account, and tag your photos with the hashtag ＃春ふぉと佐倉2021. Photos taken and posted until May 10 are eligible for the contest.
Local and limited goods sales – Sakura Hana Shop
There will be plenty of local souvenirs and vegetables up for grabs at the Sakura Hana shop. Additionally the venue’s popular Sakura Milk soft serve ice cream and ‘Sakura tea are still available.
On top of that, the festival will also see the sales of limited edition tulip sable cookies, and Miffy sable cookies and goods.
Lake Inba-numa sightseeing boat
Enjoy sightseeing on Lake Inba-numa, and take in the view of the tulip fields in full bloom from a different angle.
The boat rides take approximately 40 minutes and are available on Saturdays and Sundays only during the festival.
Rent a bicycle out for some Lake Inba-numa and tulip viewing fun. Though rental bicycles are always available from Sakura Furusato Square, during the Sakura Tulip Festa a special rare bicycle from the Netherlands.
*Bicycles are available for rental periods of 1 hour.
Regular Bicycle: 500 yen
Dutch Bicycle: 500 yen
Electrically power assisted Bicycle: 1000 yen
Other Activities at the Sakura Tulip Festa 2021
Tulip digging – Dig up 10 tulips for 500 yen. Available everyday during the festival period.
Dutch Street Organ Performances – Saturdays and Sundays during the festival period
Bungee Trampolining – 1,000 yen for 2 minutes
Dates: Until April 25
Times: 9:00 – 16:00
Venue: Sakura Furusato Square (2741 Usuida, Sakura City)
Admission fee: Free of Charge
For further details about the event check out the official website.
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