The Ina Autumn Rose Festival is normally held in late October. There is no news yet for the Autumn rose festival in 2021, but the spring rose festival surprisingly went ahead. It was a much smaller festival than “usual”, but they did have events such as dance, including Yosakoi, and music performances. There is a chance the autumn festival will be similar, if it goes ahead. Please note though, that in 2020 the rose garden was closed for an extended period of time due to the pandemic.
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 2021
There are two rose festivals annually in Ina memorial park (Chosei Shiko Koen). One in spring and one in autumn. The spring one went ahead in 2021, but there were quite a few notable changes. Also, due to the pandemic currently eating and drinking in the park is forbidden. You can, however, purchase drinks in the park for take away. The spring festival had events on during the rose festival on the weekends. Hopefully, the Autumn rose festival will be the same. They have not yet released any information for the Autumn festival (as of October 3rd, 2021).
Ina Rose Festival Entry Cost
There is no charge to enter the Ina Memorial Park, but it costs 350 yen to enter the rose gardens. However, 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. There are also other passes collectively called the Ina Rose Festival ticket*. One type allows a one day New Shuttle (train) pass with free entry to the rose garden, another gives a 50 yen discount on the rose garden entry and there is a parent and child pass too*. (*Passes are subject to change depending on the situation with the coronavirus and other factors).
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.