June Saitama things to do in the rainy season in Saitama Prefecture, Japan

June Saitama 2022~ the annual list of 15 things to do in June in Saitama! This post was adapted in 2021 for the “new normal”. As that is still the situation in 2022, the post reflects that. But the 2022 list has several new ideas, to keep the post fresh for those that read it every year. While several events maybe still cancelled there’s no stopping the seasonal phenomena! The weather has warmed up and the lavender, irises and hydrangea will bloom in spite of the pandemic! As always for a round up post, all the locations are located on a Google My Map.

The Google My Map was also revamped for the pandemic. In addition, in 2021 I added numbers to the map for easy reference. Number 1 on the map correlates with number one on the main list. But you will also see there are places with symbols, i.e. that are not numbered, on the map. They include locations that were included in previous year’s round up as well as bonus content – any other location mentioned in this article.

June in Saitama

Here is a selection of some things that might cheer us up this June:

art, antiques, barbecue, blueberry picking, boats, factory tour, fishing, flowers, hot spring, hot air balloon, kakikori, paddling, pinwheels, take out, water sliders…

Each of the fifteen ideas link to further reading with additional details, such as access, but you can also see all these locations plotted out in the below Google MyMap:

1. Keep dry under an umbrella… art installation

What is more useful than an umbrella in rainy season? How about a sky of umbrellas! And that’s just what you get with the Umbrella Sky Project in Metsa. This is the third year in a row that Metsa will have the event. And this year, 2022, just like last year they are actually having two different umbrella skies. However, please note the first umbrella sky (that is on in June) is in the part you have to pay into – Moominvalley Park:

2. Admire the pinwheels

Each year in June Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine have a pinwheel event. Their wind chime event is famous, but amazingly – to date – the pinwheel event is not that well known. In 2021, they added a new section to the wind chimes, opposite the shrine grounds in what used to be the “dai ichi” car park. Moreover, in 2022, they actually started the wind chime display in March in celebration of 100 years of Kawagoe city:

3. Appreciate the rain loving flower of June

The largest hydrangea festival in Saitama is in Satte and normally runs for the whole month of June. In 2021 the festival was cancelled and there is no official word for 2022 yet, but the hydrangea are being grown and the park is open to the public. Unfortunately, the most famous hydrangea temples probably won’t open to the public in 2022 for the third year in a row. But there are still several other places around Saitama where you can see hydrangea. Here is more than 10 places you can see hydrangea in Saitama Prefecture.

hydrangea at Satte Gongendo Park
Hydrangea in Saitama Prefecture

4. Stop and smell the … lavender

Until 2018, the lavender fields in Ranzan where the largest in Kanto. Then they were the largest in Japan. However, in 2022 they are only growing a smaller percentage and the lavender festival will be smaller and for a shorter period too. In addition, you can also smell the lavender and see some Irises in Kuki in early June. Their festival has been cancelled, but the flowers will be in bloom and they allow visitors.

Visiting Ranzan Lavender Festival at Sennen No Sono Saitama flowers June Saitama rainy season japan
Lavender at about 60 to 70% bloom

5. Soak in an onsen instead of the rain!

June is a great month for the hot springs. And we have a great choice in Saitama. Including some award winning hot springs such as the excellent Hot spring cafe Bivouac in Kumagaya and / or Showa Retro Tamagawa Hot Spring in Tokigawa. The latter had a “Tera Tera Bozu” event on in June and a small umbrella sky in the rotemburo in 2021. No doubt they will have something in 2022 too, but information is not yet available. You will find the vast majority of hot springs are open in Saitama. Most of them didn’t even close during the two main State of Emergencies.

6. Row, row, row a boat

Saitama maybe landlocked, but thanks to the abundance of rivers and lakes there are plenty of places you can take a boat ride. Some are available seasonally and some are only available for a limited period of time. For example, for three days only there is usually an opportunity to ride on a traditional boat at the Ukiya No Sato Festival. However, it did not go ahead in 2020 or 2021 and it looks like it won’t in 2022. But, never fear, for the whole month of June and right up to October you can take a boat or dinghy out at the Koshigaya lake town seasonal dinghy park;

7. Ride on a hot air balloon

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial park offers the general public the chance to ride on a hot air balloon, once a month, at an affordable price. In 2022 the June date is June 5th. You do need to book in advance though. Booking will open on May 16th. Another event of note at the park in June is the popular (almost) monthly flea market. That will take place on June 18th. This park also normally has a wading river available in June, but unfortunately that will probably not be on in 2022 due to the pandemic.

8. Tube down a giant water slider

The Sayama Indoor skiing ground in Tokorozawa reopens in summer as an indoor water slide park! There are only two sliders, but they are huge. Moreover, there is an additional water play area for kids and several events on during the summer season. Several of the water play areas are closed again in 2022, so this is one of the few places children can enjoy water play in 2022. Here are six other water play areas that are open in June 2022. In addition, as it is indoors, they can play even when its raining. Moreover, even adults can tube down the water slides!

9. Barbecue

Despite the rainy season, June is a popular month for barbecuing in Japan. River barbecues double up as a water play opportunity for the kids. The Kurakake Clear Stream Village is a popular place for both – BBQ and water play. At Kawasemi-gawara there are areas where the water is deep enough to swim. And Ranzan Valley barbecue is rated as number one by JTB Rurubu for river barbecues in Saitama. In addition, Opark Ogose’s barbecue area is suited to even the rainiest of days, as they have areas with a roof and vinyl curtains to help keep the rain out! These are all places I have introduced in previous years round ups, so this year adding a new idea: fish your own barbecue:

10. Find a charm at an Antique Fair

One of the regular staples on the annual “15 things to do in June in Saitama Prefecture” list was always the Kottou Antique fair. The Kottou Antique fair is an annual event in Saitama Super Arena. Furthermore, as it is indoors it always went ahead despite the weather. And with over 200 antique dealers under the one roof, it was one of the most popular antique fairs in the Kanto plain. However, unfortunately, it hasn’t been on during the pandemic. But, don’t worry, there are alternatives. For example, there are several flea markets at this time of year. Moreover, the Keyaki Hiroba of Saitama Super Arena actually host threes flea markets in the month of June. Then there is the monthly (outdoor) antique fair, weather permitting, at Kawagoe Naritasan on the 28th of the month.

11. Tour a shoyu factory

Normally, June is a great month to take some factory tours, with it being the rainy season. However, since the pandemic began, most of the larger factory tours have been closed to the public. For example, the Meiji Chocolate Factory tour and Glico Pia East’s Pocky Tour. However, Fueki Shoyu’s excellent tour has remained accessible for most of the pandemic. Moreover, with a restaurant and shop on the premises, and even a small play area, its a nice place to hang out for a few hours. A short drive away, there is a small but pretty iris garden in Heisei No Mori park.

12. Savor some fresh blueberries

blueberry picking hilltop farm june saitama rainy season

Rainy season is also prime blueberry picking season. Blueberry picking generally starts around mid June in Saitama. Sayama Berryland is perhaps Saitama’s most famous blueberry farm. It is easily accessible from Tokyo. For a more rural experience, Hilltop farm in Namegawa is particularly charming. Hilltop farm opened as normal in both 2020 and 2021. They are aiming for a mid June start date in 2022.

13. Treat yourself to some take out

埼玉宅配 June Saitama rainy season take-out
Image from the official website

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak hundreds of restaurants around Saitama Prefecture are offering a take out service. Several of them also have delivery options. You can see the full list on the Saitama Prefecture’s dedicated web page here. And those on the prefectural list that feature on In Saitama include, but not limited to:

14. Sample some seasonal food

Kakigori is flavoured shaved ice which is commonly called a Snow Cone in English. Snow Cones used to only be available seasonally, generally from April to October. But Kakigori never tastes as good as in June when the weather starts to heat up in Saitama! However, in recent years you can actually get take snow cones all year round. There has been an emergence of specialty all-year-round Kakikori restaurants, such as Kore Ga Kaki Gori. They have a take-out option all year round:

But if you want to really indulge: check out this year’s mouth watering afternoon tea in Shikitei.

15. Check out Saitama’s coolest entertainment town

Tokorozawa Sakura Town needs little introduction at this stage. Despite being just over one years old, it has already made quite a mark for itself. You could spend the whole day exploring all the town has to offer. In addition, if you are still avoiding spending excess amounts of time indoors due to the pandemic, they have some outdoor options too. Such as, the permanent Team Lab “Acorn Forest” which is entirely outdoors. Thus, you would need to check the weather in advance – they close on rainy days! Indoors, the Kadokawa Museum offers floors and floors of exhibitions, displays, events and even practical spaces too…

Have you plans for this June in Saitama? What are you planning to do and / or see? Is there another big event or seasonal activity you recommend?

In case you missed the previous years round up, here are some of the locations that previously featured on “15 things to do in June in Saitama”:

2 Comments

    1. Author

      Swap!? No sign of the rainy season yet and its been unseasonably hot. I will melt before my flight home next home!!

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