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Round up of Halloween Events 2016 | SAITAMA

Each year the number and quality of Halloween events is improving in the Saitama area. We’ve a way to go before we get to the level of Chiba or Kanagawa, but there is enough in the area for the kids to enjoy.

**Halloween kicks off in Saitama on October 1st.**

Daily From October 1st~31st

①Happy Halloween 2016 【Saitama Children’s Zoo】| HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

One of the few events that can be enjoyed daily during the month of October, the children’s castle in the zoo is transformed into a Halloween castle. They have Halloween colouring daily. If you colour a picture you get a sweet in return. On the weekends they have additional events, such as face painting and crafts. You can see more detail in English here:

Happy Halloween 2016 @ Saitama Children’s Zoo | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

②Halloween Dessert Buffet 【Royal Pines Hotel】| URAWA

For the month of October you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat Halloween buffet in the Royal Pines Hotel. Further details in English here:

Halloween Dessert Buffet | URAWA


OCTOBER 2ND

③Kisai Halloween 2016 | KAZO

One of Saitama’s longest running Halloween celebrations is taking place in Kazo City from 11 am. It includes a costume contest, halloween parade and Halloween hunter event. There are also food booths and even a pet corner. You can get more information here:

Kisai Halloween 2016 | KAZO

October 8th

④ Fancy dress and Halloween Illumination Light up 【Shinrin Park】| NAMEGAWA

Shinrin Park kicks off its Halloween events for 2016 with the Halloween Illumination Light up. They are inviting kids to come in fancy dress.  More details:

Halloween lights switch on and kids fancy dress @ Shinrin Park | NAMEGAWA


Weekends From October 8th to October 30th

⑤Night in the Forest 【Shinrin Park】| NAMEGAWA

On weekends and the bank holiday Shinrin Park are running a number of events for Halloween, including crafts and their Halloween illumination. More details:

Halloween Night in the Forest @ Shinrin Park | NAMEGAWA

⑥Halloween Night Zoo 【Tobu Zoo】| SUGITO

On weekends and public holidays from October 8th to October 30th, Tobu Zoo is running a Halloween night zoo with special events. More information here:

Tobu Hybrid Park Halloween Night Zoo | SUGITO


October 15th and 16th

⑦”Let’s Make a Witches Hat” 【Cocoon 1 and 2】| SAITAMA

Let’s Make a Witches Hat @ Cocoon | SAITAMA

Let’s Make a Witches Hat @ Cocoon 2 | SAITAMA

October 22nd and 23rd

⑧”Let’s Make a Trick or Treat Bag” 【Cocoon 1 and 2】| SAITAMA

Let’s Make Trick or Treat Bag @ Cocoon | SAITAMA

Let’s Make Trick or Treat Bag @ Cocoon 2 | SAITAMA

⑨Trick or Treat 【Tokyu Hands, Lalaport】| FUJIMI

If you find the staff in costume and say “Trick or Treat” you will receive an original Tokyu Hands Halloween Candy .

More information in Japanese: http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/halloween/2016/ (External site: Tokyu Hands official page).

 


October 29th

⑩Happy Halloween | KITAMOTO

Happy Halloween in Kitamoto Higashichuo Street | KITAMOTO

⑪Omiya Halloween Walk | SAITAMA

Omiya Halloween Walk | SAITAMA

⑫Halloween Face Painting and Craft Workshops 【Shinrin Park】| NAMEGAWA

Halloween Night in the Forest @ Shinrin Park | NAMEGAWA

⑲Halloween Walk | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

Added October 16th

Halloween Walk | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA

⑱STEPS HALLOWEEN PARTY

Amended October 16th to reflect the date and location change. For members of the Saitama Tots English Playdates group. The party will be held in Fujimi Toda.  More details can be found through the group. If you are eligible to become a member (>one parent speaks fluent English), you can find us here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/saitamasteps/


October 29th and 30th

⑬Halloween Parade 2016 【Mallage】| KUKI

The Mallage Mall in Kuki will have 3 Halloween parades at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm on both Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th.  It is a free event for families with kids, but restricted to the first 100 customers and you need to apply in advance. The last day for entry is October 25th.

Further information in Japanese: http://www.mallage.com/shobu/event_list.php (external site, official page of Mallage mall)

21。Halloween at Seibuen

Exotic Halloween @ Seibuen Yuenchi | TOKOROZAWA

Amazing line up for the Halloween celebrations in Seibuen Amusement Park this year, including HALLOWEEN FIREWORKS, Illumination, face painting, magic show and more:


October 30th

⑭Halloween World | WARABI

Halloween World | WARABI

 

⑮Halloween Costume Parade 【Cocoon】| SAITAMA

Halloween Costume Parade @ Cocoon | SAITAMA

 

⑯Halloween Parade and Bingo 【Ario】| Ageo

Halloween Parade and Bingo @ Ario | AGEO

 

⑰Halloween Party 【Tobu Zoo】| SUGITO

 

Halloween Party @ Tobu Zoo | SUGITO

 

 ⑳ Halloween at Shinmisato

Halloween Parade @ Ikea, Costco, Lalaport | SHINMISATO


Seibu Yuuenchi seems to have dropped their annual Halloween event. If new information comes to light I will add it here.
Kennys Village (camping grounds) in Hanno also run Halloween events every year, but currently there website is down.

OMIYA HALLOWEEN FES is on October 29th this year. You can bring kids to it, but it is more of an adult event:
http://www.sportsone.jp/srt/stocks/srt20161029_121142.html

Do you know of any Halloween events in Saitama? Please do share here for the benefit of other English speakers in Saitama. Thank you 🙂

Fireworks and Festivals on August 7th in SAITAMA

August 7th festivals fireworks

You can view a clickable version of the above image on the Event Calendar for Saitama. Simply click on the event name for more information and an external link with full details.

The Tsurugashima once-every-four-year event Suneori Amagoi features on this blog here: Award Winning, Intangible Asset Suneori Amagoi;, Rain Praying Festival | TSURUGASHIMA

 

Summer Outdoor Pool, Numakage Park | URAWA

One of the earliest parks to open their outdoor pools for the summer season is Numakage Park in Urawa, Saitama. Information adapted from Saitama with Kids facebook page (with permission):

The outdoor pools in NUMAKAGE PARK have been opening for weekends since July 2nd. They will open daily from this Saturday the 16th of July.

Hours:
July 2nd to August 15th: 9am to 5.30pm.
August 15th to 31st: 9am to 5pm.

Prices:
430 yen for adults, 210 for primary to high school students, preschoolers and below free. *However, children still in nappies / diapers are not allowed use the pools*

Access:
10 minute walk from JR Saikyo Line Musashi-Urawa station.
Parking: for 130 cars. FREE.
Satnav / GPS: phone number 048-861-9955

Facilities:
8 pools including 1 with waves and 2 suitable for young children (who are out of nappies). The children’s pools have a maximum of 50 cm of water and both have slides.
Other: Numakage park also has an all year round indoor pool.
http://www.numakage-park.com/

Water play and pedal cars at Hanasaki Water Park | KAZO

Facility Map of Hanasaki Park
Hanasaki Water Park in Kazo made quite an impression on me. It isn’t a huge park, but there is a lot to do in the relatively small area. So much so, I recommend it as one of those parks that it is worth a journey to, even just once. That is, if you are in Saitama!

POOLS AND BIKES

There are two main attractions of this park. One is the water park, which is available from mid July to end of August. It has a number of different pools, including one for kids, and a Jacuzzi . You can also rent floats, pool beds and a boat for a separate charge. The other main attraction is the bike hire which includes some pretty unusual and fun bikes. The bikes are charged by the hour for the number of people that can ride them. They have quirky bikes for one, tandems for two (of course!), even a car bike, for want of a better description. Its a bike in the shape of a car, or maybe a car that you cycle! Oh…maybe we call them pedal cars – please comment if you know the answer! Whatever you call it; its great fun. The kids loved this the most.




ATTRACTIONS GALORE!

The park has a lot to offer other than the most popular attractions. The playground has a great big combination piece of equipment. Beside it there are some spring rides and small slides suited to small children. They also have stepping stones, climbing rungs, a little house and other pieces of equipment. There is a large gasebo beside the play area with benches and a couple of tables. Nearby is a wading river that opens early June. The BBQ area can be used during that time too. There is also a scenic river on the far side of the park lined with magnificent conifer (meta sequoia) trees. There is a walkway beside with a wooden path over a type of lotus pond, with other beautiful scenery in different seasons.  There is a lake with pedal AND swan boats for hire. The pools are used as fishing ponds out of season (don’t want to think about that too much!).  The battery cars in the pool area are accessible most of the year. They have putter golf and sports grounds. There is a small flower garden maze and a wide open grass area.  There is even a restaurant, but it closes during off season.  You can find up-to-date costs for each activity on the website, which is linked below.

So you see, it is a park worth visiting at some point, even out of summer season.  If you do plan to go during the summer, please see the up-to-date charges on the website, linked below. The park also recommends that you arrive early to get a parking spot, particularly on Saturdays when the park is at its busiest.

INFORMATION

**Please note that some of the services are not available on Mondays, except during the 6 weeks of summer holidays**

Bicycle costs at Hanasaki Park
Costs to hire the bikes, Putter Golf and Table Tennis at Hanasaki Water Park in 2015

Please see the website for up-to-date costs.

Address: 1722 Mizubuka, Kazo, Saitama

Tel: 0480-65-7155

URL: http://www.parks.or.jp/kazohanasaki/about.html (Japanese only)

Access

Train: About a 15 minute walk from Tobu Isesaki Line Hanasaki Station

Car: Approximately 3 kilometers from Kazo Interchange of the ken-o expressway.
Parking: Free out of pool season, but once the pool opens it costs 820 yen for the day. Spaces for up to 1,200 cars. Between April and September the car park is open from 8am to 6.30pm. From October to March it closes at 5.30pm.




Yakyu Inari Shrine, the Baseball Shrine| Higashimatsuyama

Yakyu Inari Shrine is located in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama, just 1 hour and 10 minutes from Ikebukuro on the Tobu Tojo line.  It is one of many shrines to the God Inari. However, what makes it special is that its Chinese characters (“Yakyu” 箭弓) are pronounced the same as the Japanese for baseball (野球).  It has thus come to be known as the baseball shrine.

Photos from the official website:

Lots of baseball fans visit the shrine to pick up a baseball shaped amulet or write on a baseball prayer plaque (Ema 絵馬) to bring good favour to their own skills or to a baseball team they support. Even famous baseball players visit the shrine to pray for a good season. Another reason Japanese tourists visit Yakyu Shrine is to see the pine trees and in the spring to see the peony, azalia and wisteria that bloom around mid April. You can read more about the shrine and flowers in English in this tourist leaflet from Higashimatsuyama city: http://www.higashimatsuyama-kanko.com/SP_EN.pdf

Shrine in photos (access and general information below this gallery).

INFORMATION

Open all year round.

TEL: 0493-22-2104

URL: (Japanese only) http://www.yakyu-inari.jp/index.html

ACCESS: 5 minute walk from the west exit of Higashimatsuyama. Parking for 50 cars.

On Google maps:

A new kid’s cafe in Saitama: Pomme Cafe, Ario in Ageo

**This post was initially posted on my blogger in September 2015.**

I remember desperately searching for an “oyako” (parent and child) restaurant when my eldest was a baby. I was utterly disappointed to find the nearest and possibly ONLY kid’s cafe in Saitama at that time was in Omiya. Not so close to where I live. Fast forward 6 years and there has been a steady rise in the number of “kid’s cafe” or “parent and child restaurants” throughout Saitama, some have even graced rural Saitama with their presence.

During “Silver Week”, a group of public holidays in September in honour of the silver community, my kids and I stumbled upon a new kid’s cafe in Ario in Ageo. Pomme Cafe.Cafe which is part of a larger chain of “Omurice” (rice omelette) restaurants. The cafe has been there since Ario opened its doors in 2013, but it was recently renovated and reformed into an “oyako” restaurant. It reopened it’s doors last Thursday, the 17th of September. It has a lovely play area, clean facilities, friendly staff and isn’t too expensive, but I will say that the menu is limited and is not the healthiest I’ve seen.

The small play area is just inside the door and is free for patrons to use. It has a slide, some soft building blocks, puzzles and books.

Pomme Cafe Ario Ageo (1)

 

The basic rules of the “Kid’s corner” are displayed; ①take off your shoes, ②No running, ③Play nicely!

Pomme Cafe Ario Ageo (6)

The kid’s menu is basic with 5 dishes, but only 1 drink; Orange Juice. (They provide water for free). However, they also provide kid’s sized plates and bowls, for those that prefer to share a dish with their child.

Pomme Cafe Ario Ageo (2)

Each kid’s meal comes with a free toy. They get to choose one from a selection of plastic toys, stickers and hair accessories.

Pomme Cafe Ario Ageo (5)

My eldest ordered “Omu-rice” with chicken nuggets, fried shrimp a piece of lettuce and apple jelly.

Pomme Cafe Ario Ageo (4)

Despite the lack of healthy food, my overall impression was good. The bill for 3 kid’s plates and a “drink bar” (all you can drink, non-alcohol ) for me was just over 2000 yen, which is reasonable. The kids really enjoyed the play area and the atmosphere was very relaxed. It got very busy after we arrived and a queue formed out the door, but we never once felt rushed or pressured to hurry and move on. They have facilities to wash your hands and lots of children’s bumper seats and high chairs, adding to the convenience for people with kids. The staff are friendly and helpful.

You can find more information in Japanese on both Ario’s website and Pomme Cafe.Cafe’s websites. (Yes, there is two “cafe”s in the official name!!)

Access

Night Illumination at COCOON CITY, Saitama-Shintoshin

NaBloPoMo_2015It used to be that you would have to travel into Tokyo to get some night light action, but nowadays even the smallest of prefectures have some winter illumination for all to enjoy. The displays run for up to 4 months and are really quite spectacular. It has been a great way to encourage people to get out and about even during the coldest months.  It also lifts people’s spirits and instils a little bit of light, warmth and magic throughout the dark cold months.

In Saitama where we live,  we are spoilt for choice this year. I have already featured some of the winter illumination currently running. This week I will show some of the other ones scheduled to start, such as this one in Cocoon City.  Cocoon City is unsual too, in that they have a switch on event, which is one thing that is lacking in some of the winter illumination in other parts of Saitama. This year Cocoon City’s illumination is scheduled to be switched on by the popular actor and model Mokomichi Hayami (pictured below), on November 7th at 5pm. The 3,000,000 lights turn on will be conducted in Cocoon 2 at the Cocoon Hiroba. The illumination will then run daily from 5pm to 11pm until February 14th.

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Katakura have used imaging to show how the “Let’s celebrate Cocoon City” Illumination will look like this year.

Cocoon 1, Cocoon Plaza
Cocoon Plaza imaging

Cocoon 2, Cocoon Hiroba
Cocoon Hiroba imaging

Cocoon 3, Keyaki Walk, In front of Parkside Building and Hanamizuki Walk
Cocoon 3 imaging

I hope to make it around all the winter illumination in Saitama this year. I have already spent a magical night in Shinrin Park with the kids. More on that later this week.  Do you have winter / night illumination in your part of the world? Please do share in the comments.

 

[金]グランドオープン!エリア最大級のショッピング空間。訪れるたびに、驚きがある街「コクーンシティ」がはじまっています。

Source: イベント&ニュース|コクーンシティ[COCOON CITY Saitama-Shintoshin]

Koedo Kurari Character Festival Halloween event

This Saturday from 11am there is a “character festival” in Kawagoe Kurari, a small shopping area with food and souvenirs housed in three former sake breweries.  You can meet mascots and characters from the Kawagoe area, including Kawagoe city’s main mascot Tokimo, a sweet potato clock. There will be an opportunity to get your photo taken with the mascot.

Children who come in Halloween Costume will receive candy. There are other events and surprises planned for the day. It runs until 4pm. It will not take place, if it is raining.

Kawagoe Kurari is in walking distance of Hon Kawagoe and Kawagoe station. Their website (Japanese only) is http://www.machikawa.co.jp/  This event hosts information on a facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/小江戸蔵里キャラクター祭り-Reborn-346947485490475/photos/


We recently met Tokimo at another event:Meeting Tokimo

Seibu Amusement Park Winter Illumination

This year Seibu Yuuenchi is in the top four largest winter illuminations list for the Greater Tokyo area.  Around 3,000,000 lights are used for this year’s ensemble, even the merry-go-round is lit up with 12 different colours. The illumination display opened just yesterday in the Tokorozawa based amusement park, only 30 minutes from Tokyo. You can view a sneak peek on this video ↓

This year’s illumination is a collaboration with Sachiko Kobayashi, who is a famous Japanese style singer, some call the Queen of Enka. ↓

The illumination begins daily at 17.15 until mid-January when the time changes to 17.30. The display is running until the 10th of April 2016. It costs 900 yen per adult on a weekday and 1,100 yen on the weekend and special dates. Children aged 3 to 12 are 500 yen. Children under 3 are free.   (More details in Japanese on their offical webpage, see below ).

Address: 2964 Yamaguchi, Tokorozawa, Saitama
Phone: 04-2922-1371
URL: http://www.seibuen-yuuenchi.jp/illumi-ju/index.html

Access:  Train: Minutes walk from Seibu Yuuenchi station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.  Car: 10 kilometres from the Iruma Interchange of the Ken-o highway.

 

 

西武園ゆうえんち「イルミージュ(イルミネーション)」についてのご案内。都内近郊のお子さまと一緒に遊べるゆうえんちは西武園ゆうえんちへ、春は桜!、夏はプールと花火・ビアガーデン! 冬は雪の王国やフィッシングランド!さまざまなイベントをご用意してお待ちしております。Roughly translated: Information about Seibu Amusement Park Illuminage (Illumination) . Summer there is  pool, fireworks and a beer garden, Spring there is cherrry blossom; all within the suburbs. We have lots of events waiting for you.

Source: イルミージュ(イルミネーション) | 西武園ゆうえんち

Moomin theme park coming to Saitama.

For regular readers, you probably already know from my blog that Saitama has a free, small, Moomin-esque park in Hanno City.

“Moomin Valley”, Akebono Children’s Forest | HANNO

However, you may not yet have heard about the deal that has been signed to open an amusement park, METSA, at Lake Miyazawa in Hanno. This is set to be open for business as soon as Spring 2017. in before summer 2018. News was received at the start of 2017 that the completion of the park has been delayed and is now expected to be open for business sometime between Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018. It is being built adjacent to the current park, which will remain free. This will be the first Moomin themed park to be built outside of Finland.

Although, Hanno City borders Tokyo, it is not that easy to get to and it is quite rural. Here’s hoping they plan to improve infrastructure before the opening of the park. No doubt, the park will be a popular tourist attraction during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. There is quite a lot to do in Hanno City, for people of all ages and backgrounds. Outdoor activities include camping, BBQs, river related sports and activities, horse-riding and stay tuned for more! Another place of interest is their public library,  with its impressive wooden architecture.

Whenever I hear Finland mentioned, I automatically think of my blog buddy “Free but Fun” who maintains an excellent blog about things to do in Finland. As well as other free but fun ideas including crafts.  You can check that out here: https://freebutfun.wordpress.com/

Information for current free park

Address: 893-1 Azu, Hannō-shi, Saitama-ken 357-0046
URL: city.hanno.saitama.jp
Phone: 042-972-7711
Open: 9AM–5PM
Information in English on this blog:  Moomin Valley, Akebono Children’s Forest | HANNO

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