Information for Saitama’s largest rose garden at Ina Memorial Park and biannual rose festivals.
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 will take place once again in 2022. And this year it is the 20th anniversary of the festival. Last year, it was a much smaller festival than “usual”, but they did have events such as dance, including Yosakoi, and music performances. This year, will be similar to last year…
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 2022
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. The spring rose festival went ahead in 2021, but there were quite a few notable changes. This year, 2022, will be more like last year than a normal year. And just like last year, you currently can’t eat or drink in the park due to the pandemic. You can, however, purchase drinks in the park for take away. Also, in 2022, some of the food sales will be back.
Date: Friday May 6th 2022 to Tuesday May 31st 2022.
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm. But on the weekends of May 7th, 14th and 21st only, the rose garden will open at 7 am.
Performances / events:
- Food sales will start from Saturday May 7th – available between 10 am and 4 pm.
- Sunday May 8th from 1 pm – taiko performance
- Saturday May 21st from 1 pm – Yosakoi
- Sunday May 22nd from 1 pm and again from 2 pm – Hula dance
- Saturday May 28th from 2 pm – Yamaguchi Dance School
- Sunday May 29th from noon – dance performances
Ina Rose Garden / Festival Entry Cost
There is no charge to enter the Ina Memorial Park, but it costs 350 yen to enter the rose gardens 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. There is also usually a pass called the Ina Rose Festival ticket, in collaboration with the New Shuttle (train) pass. However, in 2022, there is currently no information available for that pass this year.
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.
Other rose gardens and festivals in Saitama Prefecture
- An elegant cafe with beautiful garden; Bara no Komichi
- Yono Park Rose Festival
- Rose garden and festival in Sayama
- Roses and Hina Dolls at Kakyu no Sato in the Doll Town
- Rose Garden Cafe Greenfinger Tsurugashima 2022
The above is just a small sample, you will find even more here:
First published in May 2017, updated annually, republished on May 4th 2022.