Saitama Sports Festival
From the Official site.
This is one of the best sporting events for children of school going age in the Saitama area. And it is so popular that they even have a countdown ticker on the official website!
You can try a number of different sports on the same day as well as enjoy the company of some mascots! This year the sports will include basketball, tennis, soccer, shooting (beam rifle), slackline, karate, bouldering and badminton, among others. There will be some professionals and enthusiasts on site to help kids pick up some tips for some of the sports. A lot of the sports are free to try, there are just a couple you have to pay for.
The Loud Park
bouldering, sponsored by Nikken Lease
, is one of the really popular free events available annually. They have courses for beginners and intermediate climbers. They also have another stand called Viva La Rock,
but they charge for this one as the walls are more challenging. They are charging 500 yen per person.
The 3rd annual Saitama International Marathon will be held on the same day in conjunction with this hugely popular event.
Access Saitama Sports Festival
Minutes walk from East JR Saitama Shintoshin station on the Takasaki Line, Keihin Tohoku and Utsunomiya Lines. Parking is available, but limited. It costs 400 yen per hour between 7 am and midnight. You can leave your car over night, but you can’t access your car out of official hours. It costs 100 yen between midnight and 7 am.
You can check out all their events in the link in the details (grey) box below.
For more events in Saitama please see the main Saitama Events Calendar
First published May 2017, republished March 2018