Kawagoe hanachozu 2024

There are various different places you can see “hanachozu”, floating flowers or floral water fonts, in Kawagoe City. Until 2021, it was mainly Kawagoe Hachimangu, Saimyouji and Sunny Side Terrace. The latter two started a hanachozu photo contest in 2021 and for the second photo contest later that year, Ayanoka joined them. Since 2023 there are now ten locations in the main collaboration. But this year for the spring event there is no photo contest, but TWENTY THREE venues will participate in a hanachozu stamp rally. (There is no stamp rally for the Autumn contest). But, I’ve added a further seven places on the map you can generally see hanachozu for a total of 30 Hanachozu locations in Kawagoe.

Kawagoe Hanachozu

You don’t have to participate in the stamp rally and can just use this post as a guide to where you can see beautiful hanachozu in Kawagoe. If you want to participate in the stamp rally you can pick up the bingo form at any of the tourist offices in Kawagoe or print off page 3 of this brochure. There are nine different type of stamps. Find three different ones to create a line on your card or all nine for a full house. Simply stamp the squares. If you return a completed card to Kawagoe Station or Hon-Kawagoe Station or Nakamachi Tourist Information Centers you will receive a small prize! Only one entry per person please.

List of locations

  1. Saimyouji
  2. Kawagoe Hachimangu
  3. Ayanoka
  4. Sunny Side Terrace
  5. Mucadeya
  6. Lumine Kawagoe
  7. Seibu Railway Hon Kawagoe Station
  8. Une Brise
  9. Matsuzaki Arajuku branch
  10. Soei Inc
  11. Fukutomi
  12. Nakain
  13. Cafe Andon
  14. Tennuma
  15. Koedo Kurari
  16. Matsumoto Soy Sauce
  17. Cha Soba Kotobukian Kuranomachi Store
  18. Fuji Asama Shrine
  19. Kawagoe Kou Sushi
  20. Yuno Udon
  21. Koedo Bon Appetit
  22. Aikawa
  23. Ura Niwa Flower

Not participating in the photo contest and weren’t in the stamp rally, but usually have hanachozu:

  1. Renkeiji
  2. Fueki Soy Sauce
  3. Remains of Fujimi Turret
  4. Tennenji
  5. Maruhiro
  6. Myoushouji
  7. Kingyotei

A special shout out to…

Saimyouji and Kawagoe Hachimangu who have played a key role in the prevalence of, and interest in, hanachozu in Kawagoe:

Saimyouji

Located on the outskirts of Kawagoe, beside Kawagoe Park, Saimyouji take the art of floating flowers to a whole different level. Of the floating flowers I have seen in Saitama Prefecture, I rate the ones at Saimyouji very high. Definitely in my personal top three. We have Saimyouji to thank for the hanachozu photo contest. October is pink ribbon month and the temple is lit up each night...

Kawagoe Hachimangu

Information

Event: Kawagoe Hanachozu Bingo Stamp Rally かわごえ花手水ビンゴスタンプラリー2024

Date: March 2nd to 31st 2024

Time: various, depending on the location

Cost: free to view, free to participate

Venue: Various around Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture

Access

Access from any of Kawagoe City’s stations, particularly those in the tourist area – Kawagoe, Hon Kawagoe and Kawagoeshi stations. There is free parking for tourists on Isanuma Street off route 254 near Honmaru Goten – on Google Maps.

Official website

20230302 Editor’s note: in spring 2023 the photo contest was main and the stamp rally supplementary. In 2024 there is no photo contest and the bingo stamp rally is main.

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