Halloween night illumination Tokorozawa Sakura Town

Information for the fourth annual winter illumination display at Tokorozawa Sakura Town. This year they are just calling it “Sakura town winter light up”. It is later to start than any other year and will be on for a shorter period this winter, 2023 – 2024. Tokorozawa Sakura Town TokorozawaRead More →

December events in Saitama Ken 2023


The round up of events on in the month of December 2023 in Saitama Prefecture. Christmas events, illumination events, fireworks, traditional festivals, Santa Claus visits, religious events, exhibitions, markets and many other festive and / or seasonal events. As always, I add new events daily, as they are confirmed. Saitama PrefectureRead More →

Candle Night Cocoon City

Cocoon City Christmas – Cocoon City is just one part of Saitama Shintoshin. The whole area of Shintoshin is the most Christmassy location I have found in Saitama prefecture to date. In Cocoon city, between the illumination, the markets, the concerts, candle night, crafts and Santa visits, it really isRead More →

Shikitei afternoon tea xmas 2023

Information for the seasonal afternoon tea at Shikitei Cafe in Saitama City. The 2023 Christmas event is called “Red Festive Afternoon Tea: Santa’s Gift”. ★☆Update December 2023: information added for the one day Art Grace Christmas Festival, with Cathedral lights and Santa Claus.★☆ Seasonal Afternoon Tea Shikitei Cafe is aRead More →

Cover photo for Toda Illumi Illumination event

The Toda City Illumination event “Toda Illumi” is relatively new, it only started in 2019. (There are also other illumination events in Toda City which have been around for longer). The city aim to make illumination synonymous with winter in Toda, that become a winter tradition. According to Toda City,Read More →

Kaparu Illumination Shiki

Information for the annual ‘Kaparu Illumination’ in Shiki City, Saitama, near Tokyo. Shiki City Kaparu Illumination Although relatively small, the Kaparu illumination is popular because they run a photo contest in conjunction with the light up. In addition, it is one of the few light up locations that livestreams itsRead More →