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Sayama Lots of “First Tea” and Flowers Festival | SAYAMA

To celebrate the Shincha Harvest, literally “new tea” or as we might say in English “first tea” of the season, Sayama has a tea and flower festival on April 29th. Sayama is very famous for green tea, probably the most famous area in the Kanto region (area around Tokyo).

They not only sell and sample green tea at this event, but they also give regular people the very rare chance to pick tea. They also have other events organised for the day including a competition. They will be giving out flowers at two different times in the day too, something that is also very rare in Japan.

Map, website and contact in the grey box below ↓.

 

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

 

Fireworks and Festivals In Saitama August 6th 2016

This weekend we are once again spoiled for choice with the quantity and variety of festivals and fireworks being held in various locations in Saitama. Here is a small sample of the festivals and fireworks on offer on SATURDAY the 6th of August. We have everything from super size fireworks to smaller local affairs. From mammoth crowd-drawing festivals to traditional lower key ritual celebrations.  Wherever you go, do plan for crowds, heat and fun galore!

Todabashi Fireworks





Todabashi fireworks are one of the biggest in Saitama. Approximately 12,000 fireworks are launched including starmines and shakudama. The displays are set to music. They normally have fireworks that explode into the face of a famous character. Last year, it was some Yokai Watch characters. The fireworks are launched near Toda’s race course with prime viewing along the riverside. You can walk from Toda Park station. The Itabashi Fireworks are held in conjunction with Todabashi. They estimate 52,000 spectators view on the Itabashi side and 42,000 on the Toda side. You can reserve a viewing spot at a price on the official website (below).  Queries to  Todabashi Firework Committee at 048-431-0206

Time: 7 to 8.30 pm
Access: Approximately a 20 minute walk from Takasaki Line JR Toda Koen station
URL:  www.todabashi-hanabi.jp.

 Sayama City Irumagawa Tanabata Festival & Fireworks

From the official website http://www.city.sayama.saitama.jp/manabu/mainevent/tanabata/




Listed in the top 3 Tanabata (Star) festivals for the whole of Kanto, this two day festival draws approximately 130,000 people annually. The city displays 140 tanabata decorations such as streamers and other paper decorations. There are about 300 stalls at the festival offering food, drink or traditional games such as the beloved “fishing” game, where you get to keep any fish you catch with a small net.They will also have some fireworks on the night of the 6th.

Time: 11 am to 9.30 pm, fireworks from 7.30 pm
Access: Minutes walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line Sayama shi station
URL: http://www.city.sayama.saitama.jp/manabu/mainevent/tanabata/

 

Sai-ka-sai Festival and Fireworks (in Asaka)

From the official website: http://saikasai.com/

Due to all this festival has to offer, plus its proximity to Tokyo, as well as the central location near Asaka station, this 3 day festival is one of the biggest of Saitama summer festivals. It attracts about 650,000 people and it gets great reviews from local and regular attendees.  On the 2nd night, this year the 6th of August, about 9000 fireworks are launched from 19.15 and there are 300+ stalls offering festival  food and/or activities. They open a stadium before the fireworks so it is possible for everyone to get somewhere to sit and enjoy the show.

T
ime: The festival is from about noon and the fireworks from 19.15
Access: 5 minute walk from Tobu Tojo Line Asaka Station
URL: information in English at the official website: http://saikasai.com/wp-content/pdf/saikasai_en.pdf . Japanese information here: http://saikasai.com/

 

 Yorii Tamayodo Suitenguusai Fireworks and Festival






Behold the spectacular setting of lantern floats with the magnificent backdrop of fireworks in this traditional festival that attracts about 70,000 people. There are about 5000 fireworks launched including the Niagara type and starmines.  You can buy festival food and drinks as there are about 80 stalls in the main viewing area.  There is parking for up to 2000 cars, some of which is free, but you would want to arrive early to secure a place.  It can be quite muddy, so appropriate footwear is advised.

Time: 7 to 9 pm
Access: About a 15 minute walk from Hachiko Line Yorii Station, 5 kms from Hanazono Interchange
URL: http://yorii-kanko.jp/tamayodo.html

Seibu Yuenchi Fireworks and Festival

The Seibu Amusement park fireworks and special celebrations start this month of August. Most weekends you can enjoy a firework show as a paying customer of the amusement park. The beer garden is a popular spot for a good view. You can also see the fireworks from some nearby locations around the park! Although the shows are usually only 20 minutes each, they are very popular and the park can be very crowded during August.

Time: from approximately 7.45 pm
Access: 5 minute walk from Seibu Tamako Line Seibu Yuenchi Station and Seibu Line Seibuen Station.
URL: http://www.seibuen-yuuenchi.jp/

 

Soka Fireworks

Soka locals volunteer and band together to bring you this small, but popular fireworks in Soka Park. About 5000 fireworks, including starmines, are launched between 19.00 and 21.00. Last year about 80,000 people attended. Queries to the voluntary team at 048-922-0151.

Time: 7 pm to 9pm, Opening ceremony at 6 pm
Access: 30 minute walk from JR Koshigaya Laketown Station or take a bus from Tobu Line Matsubara Danchi station
URL:  http://www.city.soka.saitama.jp/cont/s1401/a16/PAGE000000000000030153.html

Menuma Festival in Kumagaya

This child friendly festival has lots of traditional activities and festival food for people of all ages. Last year, apart from music and performances there was a bazaar and Flea market as well as kid’s show and Jyankan competition.

Time: 1 pm to 9 pm
Access: Asahi bus from Kumagaya station, but there is also free parking for 50 cars
URL:  http://www.city.kumagaya.lg.jp/kanko/matsuri/menumamaturi.html

Hanno Fireworks

A small display of fireworks set to the background of trees. These fireworks are popular with local families. Last year about 5000 people spectated near the Iruma River.   Queries to Hanno’s Tourist Board at 042-974-7900.

Time: From about 7.30pm
Access: About a 15 minute walk from Hanno Station
URL: http://www.city.hanno.saitama.jp/0000001569.html

Furutonegawa Floating Lantern Festival

Between 200 and 300 floating lanterns are sent down Furutonegawa river, including Japan’s largest lantern, during this traditional festival in Sugito Town.  There are stage performances over the weekend. Last year the Hanabi were on the Saturday, please note this year they are on the Sunday.

Time: 6 to 9 pm on the Saturday
Access: 2 minute walk from the East exit of the Tobu Dobutsu Koen station
URL: http://www.town.sugito.lg.jp/doc_lib/1/15080/2016%E6%B5%81%E7%81%AF%E3%81%BE%E3%81%A4%E3%82%8A%E3%83%9D%E3%82%B9%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC.pdf



Also near the Tobu Doubutsu Koen Station is

Fireworks Illusion

From the Tobu Zoo official website

This event will not be carried out in the event of rain. There will be 4 firework displays in total in the Tobu Zoo over the month of August. 2000 fireworks, including starmines and the niagra type, are launched There is usually about 10 festival stalls.

Time: from 7.30pm
Access: About a 10 minute walk from Tobu Skytree Line Tobu Doubutsu Kouen Station
URL: http://www.tobuzoo.com/event/details/1118/

Apart from the fireworks and festivals on Saturday the 7th, there are also a number of special events on in Saitama. One of our picks is the night zoo at Saitama Children’s Zoo which is only open for 6 nights in August. You can see the dates and more events on the insaitama calendar.





A preview of Festivals on Sunday the 7th…

Suneori Amagoi Rain praying (Dragon) Festival

From Saitama's official tourism website http://www.sainokuni-kanko.jp/eng/
From Saitama’s official tourism website http://www.sainokuni-kanko.jp/eng/

Please see full  information here:
Award Winning, Intangible Asset Suneori Amagoi Rain Praying Festival | TSURUGASHIMA

Tatara Festival and Fireworks | KAWAGUCHI
Information to follow

Cats Eye Play and Sports Centre | SAYAMA

Cats Eye play and sports centre is very like Spocha in Round 1, just not as classy or clean, and the limited number of staff leave a lot to be desired. There is a smell of stale smoke in the areas outside the play area and a damp smell in part of the play zone. The area outside the play area feels quite run down and many of the areas are dark and dingy. However, for all its faults, I think it has great equipment for young children and is good value for money.

 

 

The system was quite confusing as a first timer, but once you get in to the play area it all makes a bit more sense.  You have to become a member the first time you visit, which involves spending a bit of time inputting data into a computer. It also costs 315 yen per person over the age of 6. Then you move to reception to show proof of identity and to request which package you want. There are a few different types, but with young children you basically need to just choose a 3 hour or all day pack. You pay on the way out.

After getting your membership card at reception you can enter the play area. There are a number of facilities including, but not limited to, the kids park, play house area, costume dress up, fishing, amusement games (which are included in the cost), sports areas with soccer, baseball, archery, golf etc.  There are even bowling lanes that are included in the cost, but you need to pay extra for shoe rental. They have karaoke rooms too. You can pay for drink bar, where you can help yourself to unlimited drinks. They have a selection of soft drinks and some coffee too.

INFORMATION:

Classification: Indoor play area, Indoor sporting facilities, Bowling, Fishing, Karaoke, Children’s play centre, Table Tennis, Dance Studio, Darts, Archery, Batting practice, Costume dress up, Bicycles, Shooting, Computer Games, Trampoline, Billiards, Value for money

Hours and Cost: The hours are 10 am to 5 am.  The cost depends on the package. They currently (2016) have a summer package for 3 hours of play on weekdays for 720 yen for school aged children. There is a restaurant in the play area. The selection is limited,  but it is reasonably priced.

 

ACCESS:

The nearest stations are Sayamashi and Iriso on the Seibu Shinjuku line.  They are both about a 20 to 25 minute walk from Cats Eye or you can take a bus from Sayamashi station.  Parking is free. See Google Maps below.

URL: http://www.hku.co.jp/catseye/sayama/

On Iko-yo.net: http://iko-yo.net/facilities/15962

Google Maps:

 

Saitama Fruit. Grape picking in Sayama

Sayama Grape season starts next week opens this week (August 7th 2016), through to the middle of September. However, you can currently only buy directly from the vineyards and the picking season is a few weeks away yet.

Grape Picking Season General Information

Updated costs for 2016 are not yet available.

Adults: 600 yen

Primary school children: 500 yen

Kindergarten school children: 400 yen

Toddlers: 200 yen

It is a eat as you pick system, but you can pay extra to buy the grapes you pick to bring them home

There are five vineyards in Sayama that I am aware of, all in the vicinity of the Iriso station in Sayama, three of them are outlined below.

宮岡ぶどう園, Miyaoka Vineyard

Address: 1058 North Iriso, Phone: 04-2959-4949 URL: http://www.at-ml.jp/?in=59281/

Opening: 2016 August 7th until early October Hours: 9am to 6pm Closed Wednesdays

Access: 10 minute walk from the East exit of Iriso station on the Seibu Line

 

宮信観光ぶどう園, Miyashin Vineyard

RESERVATION REQUIRED

Telephone: 04-2959-4059, Website: http://www.miyashin.com/ (Japanese only)

Open:  You can buy from August 11th (2016), but picking season isn’t until September 1st. Closes on Mondays  Hours: 9am – 6pm, picking until 5pm

Access:  15 minute walk from Musashi Fujisawa Station on the Seibu Line, 18 minute walk from the West exit of Iriso station

This farm also offers Kiwi Fruit Picking.  2016 the season will start the same as the regular grapes on August 11th. You can pick large type grapes from September 1st.

宮俊ぶどう園, Miyatoshi Vineyard

Telephone: 04-2959-3651, Websitehttp://ktmhp.com/hp/budouen/1  (Japanese only)

Open:  2016 August 10th  Hours: 9am – 5pm

Access:  13 minute walk from Iriso station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line