Cancelled events in Saitama in 2020. Jump to the live list. Jump to events that are currently going ahead as planned.
Even before the Department of Labor, Welfare, and Health encouraged the cancellation of all largely attended events (due to the Coronavirus Outbreak) on February 20th 2020, there had already been several events cancelled in Saitama (and Japan) due to other reasons. For example; typhoon Hagibis, an unseasonably warm winter and the Olympics.
Cancelled Events 2020
Jump to the list of events that are going ahead (as things stand right now).
This article outlines some of the larger and / or popular events that will not take place this year, 2020, due to four main reasons;
- Damage from typhoon number 19, aka Hagibis
- Weather -warmer than usual weather
- The Olympics
- Coronavirus – skip to events cancelled due to Coronavirus
Typhoon number 19
The typhoon not only temporarily or permanently closed places, it also effected many seasonal events. Among the events cancelled in 2020 due to damage from typhoon number 19, aka Hagibis, are:
A warmer than normal winter has resulted in changes and / or cancellations to several events including:
- The Ashigakubo Icicles finished a month earlier than scheduled due to the lack of icicles.
- The Otaki Ice Festival ran on weekends only.
- The Hyakkei Icicle event went ahead as scheduled even though there were no icicles for the most part.
Ironically, due to the Olympics quite a few of the larger annual events have actually been cancelled, including;
After a government press conference, on Thursday February 20th, encouraged the cancellation of all events with a large attendance, several seasonal events in Saitama were cancelled. A further push came from the Government the following Thursday, the 27th, when they requested the closure of all schools throughout Japan.
The official guidelines are for all events that attract more than 500 people to be cancelled until March 15th. But several events have opted to suspend planned events for later in the month and even in early April. Some of the cities have a designated page listing all the events cancelled due to Coronavirus (e.g Soka City), but most don’t and its been a bit of a task trying to find them all!….
The Live List of events cancelled due to Coronavirus outbreak
Cancelled events confirmed after March 2nd
|Scheduled date||Cancelled Events |
added after March 2nd
|April 4th and 5th||Kitamoto Cherry Blossom Festival|
|March 25th to April 7th||Kumagaya Sakura Festival|
|April 4th and 5th||Inariyama Park Sakura Matsuri|
|April 5th||Kodama Senbonzakura Festival (Japanese only)|
|March 24th to April 5th||Ageo Cherry Blossom Festival|
|April 4th and 5th||Motoara Sakura matsuri and boat ride|
|April 5th||Kounosu Park Sakura Festival (Instagram)|
|April 5th||Akagi Park Cherry Blossom Festival (Instagram)|
Events that are going ahead
Nagatoro Plum Blossom Festival – but they suspended the free shuttle bus on March 1st.
Omiya Dai Ni Plum Blossom Festival – but most of the events within the festival have been cancelled.
Ogose Plum Blossom Festival – but events within the festival have been cancelled.
Hanno Dolls Festival – but several of the events within the festival were cancelled.
Iwatsuki Dolls Festival – but individual events within the festival are cancelled.
Added events after March 3rd
Kitain Temple have not cancelled their cherry blossom festival, but they are not permitting food or drink this year and there will be no festival stalls.