The Tanabata Festival is held on August 7th annually in Hikawa Shrine Kawagoe.  They have a Wind Chime event simultaneously. The shrine is decorated beautifully with bands of colour from the Tanabata wish strips. You can enjoy the decoration all day and add your own wish to the bamboo trees,Read More →

Omiya Halloween Festival

Omiya Halloween Festival  What started out as a 100 participant parade in 2014 has grown exponentially with an estimated 1000 parade participants in 2016, and around 5000 spectators in 2017. By 2018 the event was the largest Halloween event in Saitama.  🎃Omiya Halloween Festival is now the largest Halloween CelebrationRead More →

Kawagoe Remix – A few years ago we serendipitously visited this festival on the main tourist street, Ichibangai, in Kawagoe. That year and for the last few years the festival was held in November, but from 2018 they changed the date to September. This year, 2019, the Kawagoe Remix eventRead More →

2019 Wind chimes Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

An idea of what to see in Kawagoe and what to do in Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine in the summer. Wind chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine an annual event that is a popular place to visit during summer in Saitama Prefecture.Read More →

Sparkler Festival kawagoe

Sparkler festival Kawagoe downtown tourist area. Sparklers are handheld fireworks. This is actually a first for me. In 11 years of sharing events happening in Saitama I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sparkler festival before. But it makes so much sense. It sounds like a lot of fun tooRead More →

Kawagoe WIth Kids

28 things to do in Kawagoe from a Kawagoe Local Guide. Ideas for what to do in Kawagoe and what to see in Kawagoe, Including the famous museums, playgrounds, festivals, activities, craft and Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.Read More →

aloha cafe kapilina Kawagoe

Aloha Cafe Kapilina aka Aloha Kawagoe or Kapilina Kawagoe The blog title maybe Saitama With Kids, but as a parent every now and then we get to go out without the kids. I have my regular fixes, usually around holidays. And while Golden Week generally revolves around family time, noRead More →

Photo of red and white pinwheels commemorating the accession of Crown Prince Naruhito to Emperor at Kawagoe Hikawa SHrine may 2019 saitama japan

In celebration of Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the throne, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine are hosting a special commemorative display for the month of May. From May 1st to 31st they will display red and white pinwheels and wind chimes. They also have the name of the new era “Reiwa” displayed inRead More →

Free play area tomica plarail Plarail world Peony walk higashimatsuyama

Kawagoe Housing Gallery have a pop up Tomica Plarail play area during Golden Week 2019. It is on between 11 am and 5 pm on public holiday Monday the 29th of April. You need to fill out a small registration form on the day at a dedicated reception tent toRead More →

easter parade kawagoe saitama with kids

Atre Maruhiro Kawagoe are having an easter parade on Easter Sunday, April 21st, 2019. Before the easter parade commences members will be able to make their own Easter hat as part of the event. The easter parade and craft event will be held at two different times on Easter Sunday.Read More →