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Fireworks and Festivals in Saitama July 30th 2016

Below is a list of the some of the larger, more famous or well attended festivals and fireworks that are scheduled for this Saturday, JULY 30TH. Each place is mapped on a Google Map at the bottom of the article.

Kawagoe Summer Festival




Only 30 minutes from Tokyo, the historic town of Kawagoe is a popular place to experience a typical Japanese summer festival. The festival is celebrated each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July.  The festival includes parades, processions, portable shrines, music and dance. There are also many festival stalls with traditional Japanese festival games or selling festival food.

Time: from 2pm on Saturday
Contact: Kawagoe City Tourist Information Office 049-222-5556
Location: Spreads from around Hon Kawagoe Station to the main tourist area by the Bell Tower.
Access: Hon Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Approximately a 8 minute walk from Kawagoe station on the JR Kawagoe and Tobu Tojo Lines.

Ageo Fireworks

The 18th Ageo fireworks display
Image from Ageo City official website

Ageo fireworks are one of the 10 largest firework displays in Saitama. Approximately 10,000  fireworks will be launched, including “shakudama” 尺玉 which are the largest sized shells. There are starmines as well as fireworks with celebratory messages for birthdays, marriage and good results in tests. These fireworks attract about 160,000 spectators. There are about 50 festival stalls. The fireworks are launched near Riverside Phoenix Golf course, which is a 15 minute bus ride from JR Takasaki Line, Ageo Station. Queries to Ageo Tourist Board at 048-775-5917.  You can also view the fireworks from Maruyama Park and Enomoto Farm. The farm usually closes at 5pm, but stays open until 9pm on the day of the fireworks. Parking is free at Enomoto Farm.



Time: from 7pm
Contact: 048-775-5917
Location: Riverside Phoenix Golf course
Access: Bus from JR Takasaki Line, Ageo Station

Koshigaya Fireworks

July 30th

Koshigaya fireworks are another of the larger firework displays held in Saitama. They attract a huge crowd of about 250,000 people. They have been running for 28 years. Approximately 5000 fireworks will be launched, weather permitting, between, roughly, 19.00 and 20.50.  The viewing site is about a 6 minute walk from the east exit of Koshigaya station.  There is no parking. The Koshigaya station is crazily crowded after the fireworks finished. You may have to wait a long time to get on a train. The last train toward Asakusa station is at 23.52 and toward Tobu Zoo  is 20 past midnight.  If you can walk to either Kita Koshigaya or Shin Koshigaya station, you will have a better chance of getting a train out before last train . Queries to Koshigaya Tourist Board: 048-971-9002 or http://www.koshigaya-sightseeing.jp/  You can also view these fireworks from Higashi Koshigaya Dai Ichi Park.

Time: from 7pm
Contact: Koshigaya Tourist Board 048-971-9002
Location: Chuo civic center east side Embankment in Kasai Irrigation Channel
Access: East Entrance Koshigaya Station, Tobu Skytree Line

 

Saitama City Fireworks

From the official Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau http://www.stib.jp/event/data/oowadahanabi.html




NTT television organise these popular fireworks held annually on July 30th in Owada park in Saitama. The park itself is a 15 minute walk from Omiya Park station on the Tobu Urban Park line. People arrive early to secure a good viewing location.  5,000 fireworks will be launched around 7.30 pm. Displays include starmines and rapid succession type fireworks. Queries to 0180-99-3144. You can also reserve a space for a leisure sheet through that number. It’s 3500 yen for a double sheet, 5000 yen for a family size sheet.

Time: from 7.30pm
Contact: NTT 0180-99-3144
Location: Owada Park, Saitama City.
Access: Omiya Park Station, Tobu Urban Park Line

Summer Festa at Kitamoto

From the official website

This local festival has been growing year on year. This year they will have taiko drum performances, traditional Japanese dance, festival booths, parades, kids dance, live music and more.    http://www.city.kitamoto.saitama.jp/kanko/oshirase/1464744695186.html

Time: 3.30 pm to 9 pm
Contact: Kitamoto Commercial Association 048-591-4461
Location: East side of Kitamoto Station
Access: Kitamoto Station on the Takasaki Line

Wherever you end up this Saturday, have a great time!

 

To the best of my knowledge this information was accurate at time of research. With all fireworks and festivals (events in general) information is subject to change due to weather and/or mitigating factors. 

 

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Shirakobato Water Park with Beach | KOSHIGAYA

Shirakobato was named after the prefectural bird, a collared dove. One of the parks unique features is an imported beach of white sand from Australia. It is one of the most popular water parks with families as the park offers a lot more than just pools. A full list below under “Facilities”. They also organise many events , including kids programmes and beach sports. The park will open full time for the summer from this Saturday.

Hours:
From 9 am on Saturday July 16th 2016. They close at 6 pm until the 16th of August and 5 pm until August 31st 2016.

Cost:
720 yen for adults, 210 yen for primary and JHS students, children under 6 are free. They have a family pass for 2 adults and 2 school age children for 1650 yen. For over 65s, Thursdays are free in for “Senior Day” .

Access:
Take a bus bound for “Suijo Kouen” (水上公園) from Tobu Skytree Line’s Koshigaya Station.
Parking for 1900 cars, which costs 820 yen for the day. (Also see Google Maps at the bottom of post)
Sat nav/GPS: phone number 048-977-5151

Facilities:
9 pools in total, including a wave pool, a pool with sliders and a decent sized children’s pool with 2 low sliders. Plus:

  • Beach
  • Wading river and splash pools
  • Heated tub
  • BBQ areas that you can book in advance
  • Food Corner
  • Bikes for rent
  • Table tennis
  • Miniature Golf
  • Battery cars
  • Ball pool
  • Playground

Other:
The park is wheelchair accessible and has 12 parking spaces for wheelchair and/or lower mobility users and wheelchair friendly ticket gates.  There are 7 toilets for wheelchair users.

Like most water parks in Saitama, visible tattoos are forbidden.

URL:  http://www.shirakobatosuijo.com/

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Night Illumination |Koshigaya

This Friday the winter illumination will be turned on in Sun City Koshigaya. For the turn on event, there is a gospel choir performing from 4.50pm to 5.20pm. The website is not showing the information, but the REJOIN Gospel Choir have some information on their Japanese language blog: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/rejoin2006/MYBLOG/yblog.html
Koshigaya Night illumination

From the 20th of November to the 11th of January the illumination can be enjoyed daily from 17.00 to 22.00. There are about 12,000 lights in the display. The phone number for inquires is 048-985-1131. The website is http://www.suncitykoshigaya.org/ Please note the link to the event on the official webpage is currently broken.

Access from the Tobu Shinkoshigaya station, south exit. It’s about a 3 minute walk.  There is parking for 205 cars, which costs 110 yen per 30 minutes. If you buy more than a 1000 yen worth of goods in Sun City you receive one hour of free parking.