Togo Park is renowned for being one of the best places for autumn leaf colors, particularly maple, in Saitama Prefecture. There are approximately 1000 maple trees at Togo Park. Each year, during the season, there is a Maple Festival in the park.
Togo Park (Tōgō Park) Maple Festival
In autumn, when the maple are turning to shades of red, there is a two week maple festival at Togo Park in Hanno City. Togo Park is one of Saitama’s most famous autumn leaf spots. Moreover, the statue of the park’s namesake, Admiral Heihachiro Togo, backdropped by maple leaves is one of Saitama’s best known autumn scenes. However, there are only two days that it is a festival in the typical sense, generally the third weekend of November. But in 2023, the festival will only be on for one day, the Sunday (November 26th). The leaves will be lit up on that night too. Before the pandemic, they also had light up on the Saturday night and had a concert under the leaves. On the day of the festival you can enjoy live performances, some traditional, under the stunning red leaves. There are also festival stalls in the park.
Event: Maple Festival もみじまつり
Date: November 15th to 30th 2023, but the main day is Sunday November 26th 2023.
Time: the park’s official hours are 8 am to 5 pm, the time of the festival on the 26th has not been specified.
Cost: 100 yen entrance fee for anyone over 18 years old, during the maple leaf period only (free the rest of the year), and 500 yen for parking
Venue: Togo Park, 580 Sakaishi, Hanno, Saitama 357-0215. View on Google Maps.
The park is about a 30 minute walk from Agano Station on the Seibu Chichibu Line / Seibu Ikebukuro Line. In previous years, they had free shuttle buses to the park during the maple leaf period, but there is no mention of that on the official site for 2023. If you are coming by car, there is an official parking lot for the park. It costs 500 yen, flat rate, for parking.
Editor’s note: this post was temporarily removed from the website during the pandemic as the festival was cancelled. Republished on November 21st 2023.