13 things to do in Saitama this October

Saitama October – 13 things you can do in Saitama, commutable from Tokyo, in the month of October.

  1. Fireworks
  2. Traditional festivals
  3. Dance Festival
  4. Halloween events
  5. Night Illumination
  6. Anime and Manga event
  7. Afternoon tea
  8. Ski!
  9. Camping
  10. Hiking
  11. Fruit Picking
  12. Flowers
  13. Activities including a hot air balloon ride and rafting

(1) Fireworks

You can enjoy one of Kanto’s largest and most exciting fireworks in Konosu City on October 13th. This is the only large fireworks display in the month of October in the greater Tokyo area. Access, times and other information included in this event posting:

Kōnosu Fireworks | KOUNOSU

 

(2) Traditional festivals

There are a number of traditional festivals on in the month of October in Saitama. Including the two mammoth festivals of Kawagoe and Iruma. Access information, dates and times are included in the linked posts:

Kawagoe Festival | KAWAGOE

Iruma Mandou Festival | IRUMA

The Tokorozawa Festival is also on (link to external website “Chokotabi”).

(3) Dance Festivals

53 teams with over 2000 members in total participate in the annual autumn Yosakoi dance festival in Sakado. Hours and access information in the Sakado Yosakoi event page:

Sakado Yosakoi | SAKADO

 

(4) Halloween events

In the last few years the number of Halloween events have multiplied. Saitama now hosts dozens of Halloween festivals including the largest Halloween parade in Northern Kanto:

Omiya Halloween Festival | OMIYA

You will find other Halloween parades and events such as festivals and Halloween crafts in the main event pages and a summary of all 2018 Halloween events in the Halloween Guide.

(5) Night Illumination

A couple of the larger night illumination displays switch on in October, including the Halloween light up in Shinrin Park.

Halloween Night in the Forest @ Shinrin Park | NAMEGAWA

 

**Saitama October Guide**

(6) Anime and Manga event

Saitama’s largest anime and manga event is held annually in October. “AniTamaSai” will take place on October 14th this year. Hours, access and other information:

AniTamaSai Saitama’s Largest Anime / Manga Event | OMIYA

 

(7) Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is not unique to October, but in the month of October you can enjoy autumn and Halloween themed afternoon tea in various locations around Saitama. The Halloween dessert buffet and Witches’ afternoon tea in Shikitei Cafe in Saitama city is proving very popular this year. More information:

Witch’s Afternoon Tea and Dessert Buffet | SAITAMA CITY

 

(8) Ski

Even though Saitama is not known for snow, mainly because we rarely get any, you can ski in Saitama as early as October annually. That is thanks to the indoor ski slopes in Tokorozawa. Sayama Indoor Skiing resort has confirmed that the slopes will open for the season on October 26th this year.

Sayama Ski Resort | TOKOROZAWA

(9) Camping

October is normally a great month to enjoy camping in Saitama. Particularly in the first two weeks of October. This year the weather has been a lot more volatile than normal, so the conditions may not be as comfortable as usual, but there should be at least a couple of days of good camping weather. If you are worried about the cooler night temperatures, I recommend getting a site that has electrical sockets so you can use a hot carpet and / or fan heater.

There are a number of places you can camp in Saitama, one of our picks of family friendly campsites is Nagatoro Autocamp. Nagatoro Autocamp has cabins too, some of them converted train carriages, so you can camp or glamp in comfort. There are fridges for rent and even a nursery on site making it a great place for a first family camping trip. More information:

Family Friendly Nagatoro Autocamp | CHICHIBU

 

(10) Hiking

Like with camping, the temperate weather of October makes it a suitable month for enjoying hiking and other outdoor activities. Currently Tobu Railways is running a hiking stamp rally. Some information in English (external site: City-cost expat network)

Tobu Railway Hiking Rally

Tobu Railway Hiking Rally

I wrote before about a stamp rally in the town I used to live. Well, my son found another pamphlet for a stamp rally that is so up my alley. It is a series of hiking courses around the Tobu railway in my area. It began in April and ends in

Source: www.city-cost.com/blogs/edthethe/zVRDk-living

(11) Fruit picking

Komatsuzawa Leisure Fruit Picking farm in Yokoze town in Chichibu has fruit and vegetable picking almost all year round. In October you can pick grapes. You will find English information on many of the big tourist websites, but the official website is in Japanese only:

秩父:小松沢レジャー農園:いちご狩り、ぶどう狩り、しいたけ狩りが楽しめる体験型レジャー農園

秩父:小松沢レジャー農園:いちご狩り、ぶどう狩り、しいたけ狩りが楽しめる体験型レジャー農園

埼玉県秩父郡横瀬町でオールシーズン楽しめる体験型レジャー農園。いちご狩り、ぶどう狩り、しいたけ狩りなどの収穫体験やバーベキュー、お食事セットも。

Source: www.komatsuzawa.co.jp/index.html

Towards the end of October you should also be able to pick Mikan in HigashiChichibu Mura in Oouchisawa Mikan Farm. Unfortunately there is no English information for this farm online. Here is the official Japanese website:

みかん狩り | 東秩父村にある大内沢観光みかん園「見晴園」

みかん狩り | 東秩父村にある大内沢観光みかん園「見晴園」

水輪フィッシングセンターは、ご家族連れから団体様まで釣りを楽しめる憩いの場です。大内沢観光みかん園「見晴園」では、みかん狩りがお楽しみいただけます。

Source: www.suirin.sai-navi.com/mikan.html

(12) Flowers

Konosu features on the list again, this time for its Cosmos Festival that is held in October. The flowers bloom from about mid October to the end of October and the 2 day festival is held on a weekend during that period. Information for this year’s Cosmos Festival:

Cosmos Festival | KONOSU

Other flowers that bloom in October include a variation of rose in Yono Rose Garden. Usually the red spider lilies are still in bloom in early October in Satte and Kinchakuda, but this year they finished up early.

In the mountains of Chichibu, the leaves (autumn / fall foliage) will start to change to stunning autumn colours.

(13) Activities

Again thanks to the suitable weather conditions October is a great month to enjoy outdoor activities. There are a number of activities you can enjoy all year round in Saitama, some more unique than others. Such as the hot air balloon ride for just 2000 yen in Tokorozawa Aviation Park:

Hot Air Balloon Ride at Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park | TOKOROZAWA

Another idea is to raft while the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. You can raft in Nagatoro (or just enjoy a leisurely boat ride). If you are interested in rafting you can book a tour with Activity Japan (I have no affiliation to this site).

That is just some ideas for the month of October. What do you like to do in Autumn and / or October in your home country or the country you are living in now?

 

 

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12 comments on “13 things to do in Saitama this October

  1. melimadsen

    Now I want to visit! The light illuminations look brilliant. My kids would love that. And I’m always a sucker for flower festivals. I really hope to make it to Japan sometime. Saving this list. 💙

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    1. L M N Post author

      Woohoo, objective achieved 🙂 I really hope you get to visit one day. Night illuminations are one of my favourite things about Japan, so beautiful and different and something we don’t really have at home (Ireland), well not on this scale anyway. Thank you so much <3

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    1. L M N Post author

      At this time of year you can pick grapes and we should be able to pick apples and “mikan” (Japanese orange) soon too. 🙂 Thank you so much for your warm comment <3

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    1. L M N Post author

      I have been a few places over the years but Japan is definitely still at the top of my list of the best places to visit, even though I’ve been here 18 years now. :-O Spain is a close second. 🙂

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  2. Cait

    these sound like SUCH a great idea- anything with fireworks, camping and skiing is always in my book! i def would love to visit someday!

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    1. L M N Post author

      The problem with Japan is that there is TOOOOO much to do and see 🙂 18 years here now and still finding new adventures, things to do and places to go. <3

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    1. L M N Post author

      This is it, Japan keeps us active, busy and engaged 🙂 Don’t you miss it!!??

      Reply

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