About the Festival
How much are the admission fees?
Fees vary depending on the event. Check the the event calendar for complete details.
Why am I paying to see trees?
If you want to take in the beauty of the trees, please see the section about the trees to find best viewing locations. The festival is much more than just trees. JASGP staff works year round to bring Japanese culture to Philadelphia. Admissions go to events that are being produced and support JASGP’s activities.
About Sakura Sunday
How much are the admission fees for Sakura Sunday?
Adults – $15, Children 12 & under are free. Early discounted tickets are available on Eventbrite.
How / When / Where do I take the shuttle bus from Center City to Sakura Sunday?
From 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM, shuttle buses will be departing for the Horticulture Center from the Old Post Office Building across Market St. from 30th Street Station. Buses will depart roughly every 15 to 20 minutes*. Bus fare is included in the admission price. The last bus to Center City departing the Horticulture Center at 5:30 PM.
*Due to road conditions and traffic, bus arrival and departure timings are subject to fluctuation. We ask that you please be patient while waiting for buses.
May I bring my pet to Sakura Sunday?
Yes, Sakura Sunday is pet friendly. Please keep your pet on a lead at all times.
May I bring food and drink to Sakura Sunday?
While there will be food and drink vendors on site, visitors are also encouraged to bring their own food and drink items. Alcoholic beverages will be available for sale within the Sake Garden, but cannot be brought into the Horticulture Center grounds. Participants are not permitted to bring their own alcohol.
What else should I know?
- Smoking and use of illicit substances are prohibited on the grounds.
- No firearms/weaponry is allowed at the festival. Please see the section on “cosplay props weapons” for info relating to prop weapons.
- Blankets, camping chairs, and picnic equipment are permitted, but tents/shelters are NOT allowed on grounds.
- No live fire cooking allowed on the grounds.
- Please respect the Hort center grounds: climbing up trees and entering the fountain is prohibited.
- No wheeled recreation-skates, skateboards, blades
- Bicycles-not allowed on grass.
What is the Policy on Cosplay Props?
Please use common sense when bringing prop weaponry to Sakura Sunday. If you would not carry your item in public, in plain sight, then you should not have it at the festival.
- All prop weapons must be easily identified as being replicas.
- The maximum prop size is six feet (6’) in any direction.
- Misuse of your prop, by swinging it or endangering others with it, will result in staff asking you to remove the prop from the festival grounds.
Types of Weapons or Props NOT Allowed
- Any weapon that can shoot a projectile or has moving parts will not be permitted. Prohibited examples include, but are not limited to: Water guns/pistols/rifles/blasters, BB/Pellet guns, Crossbows, dart guns, or blow guns.
- Live steel: Live steel is defined as any object made of metal that is capable of taking an edge, whether or not the object is actually sharp, and whether or not the object is sheathed.
- Explosives or chemicals of any kind
- Airsoft guns
Props, resin casts, and toys simulating the appearance of firearms will be allowed only if they:
- Are easily identifiable as toys or props
- Have no moving parts
- Are marked with a non-removable orange tip
Types of Weapons and Props Allowed
- Wooden swords including boken, bo sticks, and shinai.
- Anything made of paper mache or other material that is not dangerous to others (e.g. has no sharp edges, or parts sticking out that might trip people as they walk by).
- Any metal chains less than three feet (3’). This includes, but is not limited to, chain wallets or chains on non-costume clothing. While you can have chains, you cannot hold the chain like a leash and lead others around the convention.
- Bows will ONLY be permitted if they are not strung with any tension.
Prop restrictions and guidelines are courtesy from the professionals at Zenkaikon
For all inquires related to DIRECTIONS and PARKING for Sakura Sunday:
Horticulture Center (Google Maps)
Montgomery Drive & Belmont Avenue (I-76 Exit 341), Philadelphia 19131
Parking GPS Address: 4800 States Drive, Philadelphia 19131
Taxi/Uber/Lyft Drop off point: 4300 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia 19131
Vehicles are not permitted to park at the Horticulture Center.
Parking is available for $10 per vehicle at the Mann Center grounds. This lot offers complimentary shuttle service to the festival. Alternatively, the lot is under 10 minutes walking distance from the festival entrance.
Handicapped parking is available in the paid lot. A handicap accesible shuttle is available to take guests to the entrance.
About the Trees
Where are Philadelphia’s cherry blossom trees?
A map of the best cherry blossom viewing sites can be found on this page. Click the image there to view a larger version.
When will the cherry blossom trees be in bloom?
Blossoming time varies from year to year depending on changes in the climate, but expect to see brilliant pink blossoms towards the end of March and the lighter, larger varieties up through mid-April.
About Shofuso Japanese House & Garden
For information about Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, please refer to www.japanesehouse.org. Shofuso is open extended hours during the festival and admission to Shofuso is included in the cost of your Sakura Sunday ticket. Please note that Shofuso is a historic site and there are limits on visitation on Sakura Sunday. Timed tickets are available and must be secured to enter the house.