easter in saitama
Where can I celebrate Easter in Saitama?

The Saitama Children’s Zoo was one of the first (and for a while only) places to organise public events for Easter in Saitama. However, in the last few years there are several places that hold Easter events in Saitama Prefecture.

My first Easter in Japan, in 2001, the only place we could buy Easter eggs was on an American base. Last year, 2015, I could buy them in a local shop. This year they are even selling plastic eggs in the Daiso 100 yen shop. Like many of the Western holidays with marketing value, Japan has embraced the commercialism of Easter, without the customs and traditions. However, when my eldest was a baby, I happened upon one place with an Easter feel relatively close to us in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama. It became our custom to celebrate Easter there with the kids.

Easter in Saitama at Saitama Childrens zoo (4)

Saitama Children’s zoo has a Beatrix Potter museum, which you pay extra to view. However, beside it there is a small Peter Rabbit playground, which doesn’t cost extra. There isn’t much equipment in it, but the garden is nice and they have some Peter Rabbit statues and there is also a squirrel run. At Easter, they decorate the small play area with a basket of eggs in the treehouse slide and large Easter eggs beside the statues.

Easter in Saitama . Easter at Saitama Childrens Zoo (2)

With the rabbit statues and the eggs, and the baby chicks and real rabbits you can visit nearby in the petting zoo, this became our favourite place to have Easter in our own way. The Peter Rabbit playground is kind of tucked out of view and with so much else to do in Saitama children’s zoo, it’s never really that busy. We’ve been able to have a few Easter egg hunts in that playground. The area isn’t too large and there are lots of places to hide eggs.

Easter in Saitama Peter Rabbit and Easter Egg

In previous years, the children’s zoo actually had official egg hunts, and Peter Rabbit and friends popped in to help out. Unfortunately, they seem to have dropped that annual event in more recent years. There are some other places that usually host Easter events in Saitama, but they aren’t scheduled yet for 2016. I will add them to the calendar when the dates have been confirmed: https://insaitama.com/events/ . There are already events scheduled in many parts of Tokyo, a Google search in Japanese will bring them up, but Disneyland is probably still the best place to enjoy a more authentic type Easter holiday in the Kanto area.
Do you celebrate Easter? Where is your favourite place and what do you do?

Easter at Saitama Childrens zoo (3)

Easter in Saitama Children’s Zoo

Official website

PHONE: 0493-35-1234 

ADDRESS:  554 Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture 355-0065

HOURS: 9.30am to 5pm March to October, to 4.30pm from November 15th to February 10th. CLOSED ON MONDAYS 

COSTS:  Children free until primary school grade 1. Please see website for up-to-date costs.


You will find even more Easter events in the event pages of this blog.


  1. I love Easter almost more then Christmas. I am from Hungary and we have amazing traditions for Easter. Nice article! Well done 🙂

    1. I’d love to go to Hungary someday and thanks to you I know when to go now. Easter 🙂 Easter is very different at home in Ireland, than Japan, but its not as big as Christmas or Halloween. I’m thankful I can get Easter eggs here in Japan now though. Thank you for commenting. 🙂

  2. Aww, fun to get a glimpse of Easter in a foreign land! Easter isn’t widely celebrated in Malaysia, either. I’ll have to look and see if I find any colorful eggs in the store this year…

    1. Its nice when you can get at least eggs. I’d love to paint eggs with my kids, but my eldest child has a severe raw egg allergy, so it’s not an option. I use plastic eggs with goodies inside for treasure hunts. The kids love that.

      THank you for commenting. 🙂

  3. Nice article on the tradition of Easter in Japan! It’s so interesting to see how different cultures celebrate holidays!

    1. Author

      I was so surprised when I first came! Thank you so much for commenting.

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      And thank you for commenting. 🙂 I find it quite fascinating just how different holidays are here in Japan. I’ve gotten fairly used to it, but sometimes I do miss the holidays from home.

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