Australia-Japan Society of NSW

Cowra Spring Festival (Sakura Matsuri) @ Cowra

  • 24 Sep 2022
  • 9:45 AM
  • 25 Sep 2022
  • 12:00 PM
  • Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre, Ken Nakajima Place, COWRA NSW


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  • Everyone

 The Cowra Sakura Matsuri 2022 will be held 24-25 September, and you’re invited!

The Sakura Matsuri will be held this year after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Let the promise of spring blossoms and the inspiring and powerful beat of the taiko drums draw you to Cowra! The festival is organized by the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre; the Garden forms part of the Cowra Peace Precinct, an historic area managed by Cowra Shire.

Some AJS members have planned to go so please let us know if you will also be there, by email. Prompt decision is recommended however since accommodation that weekend is tight in Cowra!

For AJS, the festival and associated events at the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre will include:

Saturday 24 September - Sakura Matsuri

A day showcasing the spring blossom and Japanese Cultural displays and activities including tea ceremonies, martial arts displays, sumo wrestling, traditional music & dancing, taiko drummers, bonsai demonstrations and much more.

Gates are open 8.30 am - 5.00 pm, festival activities are scheduled between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Saturday Evening 24 September – Sakura Matsuri Cocktail Party

Commencing at 6.30 pm. (You should be a member of AJS to attend)

Sunday 25 September - Service of Respect at the Australian & Japanese War Cemeteries

Commencing at 10.00 am.


  • Getting there:      Self-drive (about 4 hours from Sydney)
  • Accommodation: Self-book. Cowra Visitor's Centre (Cowra Tourism) keeps a list of available accommodation)
  • Entry fee: Entry fee to Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, payable at gate or in advance see Trybooking website
  • Meet at:  Cowra Gardens car park, 24 Sep (Sat), 9.45 am

About the Society

The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Incorporated (AJS-NSW) aims to bring together Australian and Japanese people living in NSW to explore mutual interests.

AJS-NSW holds regular business, social and cultural functions, at various locations around Sydney.

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