Ina rose festival

Information for Saitama’s largest rose garden at Ina Memorial Park and biannual rose festivals.

This year, 2024, the Ina Rose Festival is starting earlier than usual, during Golden Week! The second half of Golden Week, from May 3rd. Information for the 2024 spring rose festival and, the smaller, Autumn two day only rose festival are contained in this post. As well as general information about the rose garden and Ina Memorial Park.

Inamachi Roses

Ina rose festival roses in inamachi beside Saitama city and near Tokyo

Inamachi (Ina Town) is famous for its roses. Ina (Choseishiko) Memorial park in the town is home to the largest rose garden in all of Saitama. It is one of the most famous places for roses not just in Saitama, but in the Kanto plain (area around Tokyo).

Ina Memorial Park

Ina Memorial Park or Ina Chosei Shiko (sometimes written Seko) Park is more than just a rose garden. The rose garden is just one part – a large part at that with 1.2 hectares. In the park you can also find various sporting facilities and recreation spaces including a playground. There is even a campsite on the south end of the park.

The roses in the park are cared for throughout the year by rose gardeners. They have three separate areas referred to as “1st” “2nd” and “3rd” garden. The latter has a unique rose named the Urawa Red Diamond, named after Saitama’s Soccer team. In total, there are approximately 5,000 roses of 400 different varieties in the rose gardens of the park.

Ina Rose Festival 2024

Ina Rose Festival

There are two rose festivals annually in Ina memorial park (Chosei Shiko Koen). One in spring and one in autumn. The autumn festival, which is generally held in October, is much more low key. You will find information for that below this main section with information for the main festival, held in May annually.

As aforementioned, the festival is starting early this year, on May 3rd. May 3rd is a public holiday for constitutional day and part of a period of public holidays known as Golden Week. Moreover, the festival is on right up until the end of May, making it the longest affair in recent years. However, during the first week of the festival – from May 3rd to 9th – they don’t have anything special on. From May 10th they have food / produce stalls from 10 am to 4 pm.

The live entertainment and addition special events will be on the weekends between May 11th and 26th. May 11th and 12th is the main weekend of the festival. In addition, they usually light up the roses on select dates. They currently haven’t provided that information for 2024. They maybe waiting to see the condition of the roses. When they do light them up is usually just on two nights, when they are in their peak condition, between 7 and 9 pm.

Performances / events:

  • Mini Concert on Saturday May 11th
  • Mascots on Sunday May 12th
  • Various dance performances on the 12th
  • Park train on the 12th
  • Rose wedding on Saturday May18th
  • Rose tour on the 18th
  • Performance by the famous Yamaguchi Dance School and Yosakoi on the 18th
  • Yosakoi and hula on Sunday May 19th
  • Yosakoi and taiko on Saturday May 25th
  • Mini concerts and ballet on Sunday May 26th
Anywhere Door aka Doko Demo Door at Ina Rose festival 2022
“Doko Demo Door” or Anywhere Door (from Doraemon) at the Spring Ina Rose Festival in 2022. Source: Inamachi Twitter.

Autumn Rose Festival

Autumn Rose Festa 2023 (2024 info not yet available)
The Ina Town Autumn Rose Festa is on Saturday October 28th and Sunday October 29th, from 9 am to 3 pm, weather permitting. It is a much smaller event that the spring rose festival, but there are food trucks, a farmers market, stage events and workshops on the two days. Moreover, they have a large inflated playground and you can pay to ride on a ‘Doctor Heli’ helicopter! Unlike in spring, there is no charge into the rose garden in autumn. Official event page 2023.

Information

Event: Ina Rose Festival 伊奈町バラまつり. See paragraph above for Autumn information.

Date: public holiday Friday May 3rd to Friday May 31st 2024. Main weekend is Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th 2024.

Hours: from 10 am to 4 pm. The rose garden is open from 9 am to 6 pm.

Cost: 350 yen to enter the rose garden during the period of the festival. You can buy a “season pass” for just 500 yen and use it for the duration of the rose blooming season. Ina machi residents can enter for free, if you show a “my number” card. The Ina Rose Festival ticket is a collaboration with the New Shuttle (train) pass. You can get a one day pass for the new shuttle with entry into the park included for 950 yen (cheaper than last year!).

Venue: Ina memorial park (Chosei Shiko Koen), 伊奈町制施行記念公園, 732-1 Kobariuchijuku, Ina, Kitaadachi District, Saitama 362-0801. See map below access.

Access

The nearest interchange is the Okegawa-Kano Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. It is about a 12 minute drive away. By public transport: the nearest station is Uchijuku on the New Shuttle line from Omiya Station. Its about a 10 minute walk. You can also get a bus from either Hasuda Station’s west exit or Okegawa Station’s east exit, in the direction of Kenmin Katsudo Center. Alight at Ina Gakuen 伊奈学園 bus stop from Hasuda or Ina Chosei Shiko Kita 記念公園北 bus stop if coming from Okegawa station.

Official website

Other rose gardens and festivals in Saitama Prefecture

The above is just a small sample, you will find even more here:

Editor’s note: First published in May 2017, updated annually, last republish May 2nd 2023. The spring rose festival in Ina surprisingly went ahead in 2021 despite a stay at home directive. It was one of the few Rose festivals on in 2021. So no surprises that the festival was on in 2022. Moreover, it was the 20th anniversary of the festival. However, it was a much smaller festival than “usual”, but they did have events such as dance, including Yosakoi, and music performances. But there was no food sales and you couldn’t eat or drink in the park. Last update and republish: April 26th 2024.

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