The Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival is a month long celebration held every year at Matsudayama Herb Garden between the second week of February and second week of March. This 2015, it was held last February 14 to March 16.
The cherry blossoms were in full bloom on March 9th and since then, it attracted visitors from other parts of the Kanagawa area. These early bloomers are located uphill, right along the Tōmei Expressway with a great view of the Sagami Bay, Mt. Fuji and Hakone mountains.
My husband and I took the train and walked from the station to the festival. Although the weather wasn’t good that day, we still opted to pursue the trip. Walking from the train station to the Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival was a bit of a hike.
On our way, I couldn’t help but notice that most patrons were elderly people and we were the only foreigners in the vicinity. Halfway through, I got excited and ran to the place as we saw the pretty pink and yellow flowers uphill!
How to Get to Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival
By train: Get off at Shin Matsuda Station for Odakyu Line or Matsuda Station for JR Gotemba Line. From there, ride the Matsudayama Herb Garden shuttle bus. Bus ride would only take 5 minutes fare of 150 yen one way. Or you can walk from the station for 20 minutes.
By car: Take the Oimatsuda I.C. or go to this address for Google Maps direction. Parking fee of 500 yen. Parking lot can get congested during the peak bloom.
Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival Info
Website (Japanese only): http://www.seibu-la.co.jp/matsudayama-hg/
Opening hours: From 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. During full bloom, there’s a night viewing until 9:00 p.m.