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Golden Week was practically a non event in 2021. As we were approaching the Olympics, the Japanese Government were being particularly cautious. Thus, very few events were on. In 2022, things still aren’t back to normal, but there are more events on than last year. But, unfortunately, in order to deter crowds, it is unlikely that there will be the usual free entry to locations in 2022. This post introduces some things to do, and some of the events that are on, during Golden Week 2022 in Saitama Prefecture.

Updated on April 28th 2022 with even more events, including firework information!

Golden Week 2022 Dates

Golden Week every year is split into two. One day is at the end of April and three days together from May 3rd to 5th. If one of the days falls on a Sunday another day will be given off in lieu. The 2022 Golden Week dates are:

  • Showa Day (honoring Emperor Showa), Showa No Hi 昭和の日, on Friday April 29th 2022
  • Constitution Memorial Day, Kenpo Kinenbi no Hi 憲法記念日, on Tuesday May 3rd
  • Greenery Day, Midori no Hi みどりの日, on Wednesday May 4th
  • Children’s Day, Kodomo no Hi 子供の日, on Thursday May 5th

Saitama Prefecture Golden Week Events in 2022

In order to get this list out in a timely manner, any event with an existing blog post is linked to that post where you can pick up all the pertinent information.

  1. Ongoing events
  2. Flower displays / festivals
  3. Golden Week specific events
  4. Places that are normally free in during Golden Week (unlikely in 2022 due to the pandemic)

1. Ongoing events in Saitama Prefecture

Umbrella Sky

There are two umbrella sky annually in Metsa. The first is in spring and is held in Moominvalley Park, which is the area you have to pay into:


The pinwheels at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine normally don’t go up until June. But as this is the 100 year anniversary of Kawagoe City, the pinwheels were put up early. They will be up throughout Golden Week:

Sayama Ski Resort Water Fes 2022

Starts during Golden Week and runs until early September:

Spirit of Japan

Which was initially supposed to finish in April, but was extended due to the end of Golden Week due to popular demand.

Rilakkuma and Sumikkogurashi Festival

Like the Spirit of Japan, Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris, the Rilakkuma and Sumikkogurashi Festival is also in the Kadokawa Culture Museum:

Laketown Boat Park

Take a boat out on the lake at Laketown!

Tove Jansson Light up

The Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest has night light up every weekend. But during the Golden Week period they have it on for six nights:

Nagatoro Cherry Blossom Festival

One of the longest “sakura matsuri” in Saitama, Nagatoro Cherry Blossom festival started on March 23rd and ends on May 8th:

Water Play

Normally, the water play areas at places such as Saitama Children’s Zoo and Shinrin Park open on the first day of Golden Week, Showa no Hi. And then run until early September. However, since the pandemic began most of these types of water play areas have been closed. Currently, there is no opening date set for 2022 either. Saitama Museum of River’s water play is currently open though. (Subject to change depending on the pandemic situation).

2. Flower Displays / Festivals

*Please note that the wet weather and fluctuating temperatures may effect the bloom of these flowers.*

3. Golden Week specific events


Koinobori, or carp streamers / flying carp as they are often called in English, are flown for Children’s Day which falls on May 5th annually. Children’s Day marks the last day of Golden Week. Here are some places you can see koinobori:

(There are no carp streamers and renge in Kuki City this year, 2022, according to the official website). Also, the Kasukabe Big Kite Festival is on May 3rd only this year. Moreover, it is a spectator-less event in 2022.

The Grand Bonsai Festival

The Grand Bonsai Festival takes place annually during Golden Week:


Hotel Heritage has been the only place that continues to carry out their annual firework displays, despite the pandemic. This year is no different:

Children’s events

You will find that most of the municipal facilities, and some private ones too, that are aimed at children, have some events during golden week. However, due to the pandemic, many are temporarily suspended. A couple of them are list in the next section, “places that are free during Golden Week”. In 2022, Saitama Museum of Rivers and the Saitama Prefecture Disaster Prevention Center have some Golden Week events for children planned. Shinrin Park will have their (bi)annual Outdoor Park.

4. Locations that are free in during a “normal” Golden week

Please note that it is highly unlikely that these places will be free in, in 2022, due to the pandemic. That was the case in both 2021 and 2020. This list is for future reference.

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