A grid of four spring images as the Cover photo for the 2023 March event round up for Saitama Prefecture

Below you will find a round up of the events on this March in Saitama Prefecture. Please note, I add new events all the time, sometimes dozens a day, once I have confirmed them for 2024. Each event is linked to a page with further information. If the information is on an external site you will see the ⇗ mark before the link. Please do always check with the official websites (linked within each post) for any last minute changes or cancellations.

Saitama Prefecture Event Information 埼玉県のイベント情報

Daily March Events

Events that are on every day, that an attraction is open, in March. (Several places close one or two days a week).

  1. Colorful pinwheels (Saitama City)
  2. Rakuten’s World Tour III (Saitama City)
  3. Themed afternoon Tea (Kawagoe)
  4. Shimura Farm Strawberry Picking (Sakado)
  5. Dolls’ display (Fujimi)
  6. Sayama Ski (Tokorozawa)
  7. Salvador Dali exhibition  (Tokorozawa)
  8. Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand (Tokorozawa)
  9. Durarara pop up shop (Tokorozawa)
  10. Strawberry picking (Sayama)
  11. Strawberry picking (Moroyama)
  12. Early Spring Festa (Namegawa)
  13. Yatsunosato Strawberry picking (Namegawa)
  14. Strawberry picking (Yoshimi)
  15. Capybara Onsen (Higashimatsuyama)
  16. Strawberry Picking (Higashimatsuyama)
  17. Water play (Ageo)
  18. Camping (Kitamoto)
  19. Strawberry picking (Konosu)
  20. Kids Strawberry picking (Kazo)
  21. Ai no Ai exhibition (Kawaguchi)
  22. Loco Farm strawberry picking (Hanyu)
  23. Barbecue / Camping (Yorii)
  24. Strawberry picking (Fukaya)
  25. Amarin Fair (Fukaya)
  26. Limited edition spring goshuin (Kumagaya) *unless they run out
  27. Camping and cabins (Kamikawa)
  28. Camp and cabins (Minano)
  29. Cabins and camping (Nagatoro)
  30. Strawberry picking Arakawa Roadside Station (Chichibu)
  31. Other Chichibu and Northern area strawberry picking farms (Various)
  32. Strawberry picking farms that are easily accessed by train (Various)
  33. Strawberry picking farms in the Western area of Saitama (Various)

Weekend events in March

Hereafter, events on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Typically, I only include weekday events if they are public holidays, with the occasional exception. But anything in the daily list is available on weekdays, if the venue is open. Often attractions are closed one day a week, with Monday closures being the most common. Also, bear in mind, some of these events are dependent on the weather!

Important: Please note that just because a ‘sakura matsuri’ is on, doesn’t necessarily mean the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Some towns and cities try to plan these events well in advance and therefore use the sakura forecasts to choose a date. The sakura forecasts aren’t always right! For example, this year the earlier forecasts were predicting an early start to the season. However, the latest sakura forecast, on March 14th, is now suggesting the main variety of ‘somei yoshino’ sakura will not be early, but more in line with an ‘average year’. Possibly even a bit later than average, with many places not expected to start blooming until around March 26th or 27th.

Because there are so many cherry blossom festivals, I have separated the events into ‘cherry blossom festivals’ and ‘all other events’. The Cherry Blossom festivals list includes ‘yozakura’ or cherry blossom light up. Remember: just because a cherry blossom festival is on, doesn’t mean the cherry blossoms are blooming. Events on today include everything in the daily list, plus…

🌸Cherry blossom events

  1. Iwatsuki Castle Park Sakura food trucks (Saitama City)
  2. Saitama Stadium Cherry Blossom light up (Saitama City)
  3. Minami Urawa Cherry Blossom Festival (Saitama City)
  4. Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival (Kawagoe)
  5. Nakain Cherry Blossom Street Piano and light up (Kawagoe)
    • the street piano had to be cancelled last minute
  6. Kitain Cherry blossom Festival (Kawagoe)
  7. Tsurugashima Cherry Blossom Festival (Tsurugashima)
  8. Sakura Town Cherry Blossom Festival (Tokorozawa)
  9. Azumagawa Cherry Blossom Light up (Tokorozawa)
  10. Higashimatsuyama Cherry Blossom Festival (Higashimatsuyama)
  11. Ageo Cherry Blossom Festival (Ageo)
  12. Cherry blossom light up (Okegawa)
  13. Musenyama Cherry Blossom Festival (Ina Town)
  14. Ranzan Cherry Blossom Festival (Ranzan)
  15. Hanno Spring Festival (Hanno)
  16. Sakuranoyama cherry blossom light up (Ogose)
  17. Sakae Cherry Blossom Festival (Niiza)
  18. Kurome River Cherry Blossom Light up (Asaka)
  19. Fujimino Cherry Blossom Festival (Fujimino)
  20. Gongendo Park Cherry Blossom Festival (Satte)
  21. Murakimi Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanyu)
  22. Soka Cherry Blossom Festival (Soka)
  23. Cherry Blossom Light Up (Yoshikawa)
  24. Karasawa Cherry Blossom Light up (Fukaya)
  25. Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival (Kumagaya)
  26. Nagatoro Cherry Blossom Festival (Nagatoro)
  27. Senbonzakura opening for the 2024 season (Higashichichibu)
  28. Chichibu Arakawa Seiunji Weeping Cherry Blossom Festival (Chichibu)
    • and light up
  1. The Bears’ School Jackie planetarium (Saitama City)
  2. Sakura Eco Festival (Saitama City)
  3. Handwork Market (Saitama City)
  4. Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea (Kawagoe)
  5. 2024 spring hanachozu (Kawagoe)
  6. Kawagoe Hachimangu Hanachozu Festival (Kawagoe)
  7. Harumode period (Kawagoe)
  8. Koinobori Carp Streamers display (Kawagoe)
  9. Dream Festa (Kawagoe)
  10. Ice-cream expo (Koshigaya)
  11. Sunset Street Illumination (Tokorozawa)
  12. Free canola flower picking (Fujimi)
  13. Shimonanbata free canola picking (Fujimi)
  14. Sayama City Botanical Encyclopedia Exhibition (Sayama)
  15. Inariyama Park Barbecue Garden (Sayama)
  16. Iruma Basin exhibition (Nagatoro)
  17. Paleo Express (Kumagaya – Fukaya – Yorii – Nagatoro – Chichibu)

Saturday March 30th 2024

Events on today include all the events in the daily list, weather permitting in some cases, and…

🌸Cherry Blossom Festivals on March 30th

  1. Start of Omiya Park Light Up (Saitama City)
  2. Iwatsuki Castle Park Sakura food trucks (Saitama City)
  3. Saitama Stadium Cherry Blossom light up (Saitama City)
  4. Minami Urawa Cherry Blossom Festival (Saitama City)
  5. Main weekend of Musenyama Cherry Blossom Festival (Ina Town)
  6. Nakain Cherry Blossom Street Piano and light up (Kawagoe)
    • the street piano had to be cancelled last minute
  7. Koedo X Sakura X Wa Wine (Kawagoe)
  8. Kitain Cherry blossom Festival (Kawagoe)
  9. Sakura Town Cherry Blossom Festival (Tokorozawa)
  10. Azumagawa Cherry Blossom Light up (Tokorozawa)
  11. Sayama Cherry Blossom Festival (Sayama)
  12. Nico Terrace Cherry Blossom Festival (Sayama)
  13. Kinchakuda Spring Festival (Hidaka)
  14. Hanno Spring Festival (Hanno)
  15. Sakuranoyama cherry blossom light up (Ogose)
  16. Tsurugashima Cherry Blossom Festival (Tsurugashima)
  17. Higashimatsuyama Cherry Blossom Festival (Higashimatsuyama)
  18. Namegawa Sakura Matsuri (Namegawa)
  19. Main day of the Ranzan Cherry Blossom Festival (Ranzan)
  20. Kitamoto Cherry Blossom Festival (Kitamoto)
  21. Cherry blossom light up (Okegawa)
  22. Ageo Cherry Blossom Festival (Ageo)
  23. Spring Night Zoo and Cherry blossom light up (Miyashiro)
  24. Otoshi Furutone Cherry Blossom Festival (Matsubushi)
  25. Cherry Blossom Light Up (Yoshikawa)
  26. Gongendo Park Cherry Blossom Festival (Satte)
  27. Murakimi Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanyu)
  28. Main weekend of Soka Cherry Blossom Festival (Soka)
  29. Fujimino Cherry Blossom Festival (Fujimino)
  30. Kurome River Cherry Blossom Festival and Light up (Asaka)
  31. Sakae Cherry Blossom Festival (Niiza)
  32. Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival (Kumagaya)
  33. Fukaya Cherry Blossom Festival and light up (Fukaya)
  34. Wakaizumi Parks sakura matsuri X Craft Art Fair (Honjo)
  35. Nagatoro Cherry Blossom Festival (Nagatoro)
  36. Senbonzakura open for the 2024 season (Higashichichibu)
  37. Chichibu Arakawa Seiunji Weeping Cherry Blossom Festival (Chichibu)
    • And light up
  1. Last day of ⇗Sakura Eco Festival (Saitama City)
  2. Handwork Market (Saitama City)
  3. Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival (Kawagoe)
  4. Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea (Kawagoe)
  5. 2024 spring hanachozu (Kawagoe)
  6. Kawagoe Farmer’s Market (Kawagoe)
  7. Kawagoe Hachimangu Hanachozu Festival (Kawagoe)
  8. Harumode period (Kawagoe)
  9. Koinobori Carp Streamers display (Kawagoe)
  10. Free canola flower picking (Fujimi)
  11. Shimonanbata free canola picking (Fujimi)
  12. Start of the Kamen Rider exhibition (Tokorozawa)
  13. Sunset Street Illumination (Tokorozawa)
  14. Sayama City Botanical Encyclopedia Exhibition (Sayama)
  15. Inariyama Park Barbecue Garden (Sayama)
  16. Tove Jansson Park light up (Hanno)
  17. Mini Anniversary Fireworks (Hanno)
  18. Winter barbecue (Ranzan)
  19. Winter barbecue (Koshigaya)
  20. Ice-cream expo (Koshigaya)
  21. Warabi Festival (Warabi)
  22. Iruma Basin exhibition (Nagatoro)

Sunday March 31st 2024

  1. Omiya Park Light Up (Saitama City)
  2. Last day of the Iwatsuki Castle Park Sakura food trucks (Saitama City)
  3. Saitama Stadium Cherry Blossom light up (Saitama City)
  4. Minami Urawa Cherry Blossom Festival (Saitama City)
  5. Last day Main weekend of Musenyama Cherry Blossom Festival (Ina Town)
  6. Koedo X Sakura X Wa Wine (Kawagoe)
  7. Kitain Cherry blossom Festival (Kawagoe)
  8. Last day of the Nakain Cherry Blossom Street Piano (Kawagoe)
    • The light up may continue if the trees are still blooming.
  9. Fujimino Cherry Blossom Festival (Fujimino)
  10. Sakae Cherry Blossom Festival (Niiza)
  11. Kurome River Cherry Blossom Festival and Light up (Asaka)
  12. Sakura Town Cherry Blossom Festival (Tokorozawa)
  13. Azumagawa Cherry Blossom Light up (Tokorozawa)
  14. Sayama Cherry Blossom Festival (Sayama)
  15. Nico Terrace Cherry Blossom Festival (Sayama)
  16. Kinchakuda Spring Festival (Hidaka)
  17. Hanno Spring Festival (Hanno)
  18. Sakuranoyama cherry blossom light up (Ogose)
  19. Tsurugashima Cherry Blossom Festival (Tsurugashima)
  20. Ranzan Cherry Blossom Festival (Ranzan)
  21. ★Shimozato Cherry Blossom Festival (Ogawa)
    • at the real life school from Non Non Biyori
  22. Higashimatsuyama Cherry Blossom Festival (Higashimatsuyama)
  23. Namegawa Sakura Matsuri (Namegawa)
  24. Sakura boat ride (Kawajima)
    • advance application required
  25. Kitamoto Cherry Blossom Festival (Kitamoto)
  26. Cherry blossom light up (Okegawa)
  27. Ageo Cherry Blossom Festival (Ageo)
  28. Gongendo Park Cherry Blossom Festival (Satte)
  29. Murakimi Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanyu)
  30. Spring Night Zoo and Cherry blossom light up (Miyashiro)
  31. Otoshi Furutone Cherry Blossom Festival (Matsubushi)
  32. Last day of Soka Cherry Blossom Festival (Soka)
  33. Cherry Blossom Light Up (Yoshikawa)
  34. Showa Fuwa Fuwa Festa (Kasukabe)
  35. Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival (Kumagaya)
  36. Fukaya Cherry Blossom Festival and light up (Fukaya)
  37. Kodama Senbonzakura Cherry Blossom Festival (Honjo)
  38. Wakaizumi Parks sakura matsuri X Craft Art Fair (Honjo)
  39. Nagatoro Cherry Blossom Festival (Nagatoro)
  40. Senbonzakura open for the 2024 season (Higashichichibu)
  41. Chichibu Arakawa Seiunji Weeping Cherry Blossom Festival (Chichibu)
  1. Handwork Market (Saitama City)
  2. Kawagoe Hachimangu Hanachozu Festival (Kawagoe)
    • The ‘Last Sunday’ market is also on
  3. Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival (Kawagoe)
  4. Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea (Kawagoe) until May 6th.
  5. Last day of the 2024 spring hanachozu (Kawagoe)
  6. Harumode period (Kawagoe) until May 6th.
  7. Koinobori Carp Streamers display (Kawagoe) until May 13th.
  8. Free canola flower picking (Fujimi)
  9. Shimonanbata free canola picking (Fujimi)
  10. Kamen Rider exhibition (Tokorozawa)
  11. Sunset Street Illumination (Tokorozawa)
  12. Sayama City Botanical Encyclopedia Exhibition (Sayama)
  13. Inariyama Park Barbecue Garden (Sayama)
  14. Tove Jansson Park light up (Hanno)
  15. Mini Anniversary Fireworks (Hanno)
  16. Purple Azalea Festival (Tokigawa)
  17. Winter barbecue (Ranzan)
  18. Winter barbecue (Koshigaya)
  19. Dewa tulip festival (Koshigaya)
  20. Ice-cream expo (Koshigaya)
  21. Cafe Vert reopening (Gyoda)
  22. Flea Market (Kazo)
  23. Warabi Festival (Warabi)
  24. Iruma Basin exhibition (Nagatoro)

Last day of events listed in the ‘daily’ section:


Events showcased in the feature photo at the top of the post, clockwise from top left;

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Past events




March 3rd annually is Girls’ Day and the Hina Matsuri or Doll’s Festival. Events on March 3rd include all of the events listed at the top of the post, plus the events listed below…

Hina Matsuri / Dolls Festival / Girls Day events

All other events on March 3rd


A special entry as the tickets for the very popular Kawagoe sakura boat ride go on sale today (and trust me, they sell out quickly!)


Events on today include all the events in the daily list, some of which are weather permitting, plus…




Events on today include all the events in the daily list, some of which are weather permitting, plus…


Events on today include all the events in the daily list, some of which are weather permitting, plus…



Public Holiday Wednesday 20th 2024


A special weekday entry for the start of this cherry blossom light up event:



There are literally over 200 events on this weekend in Saitama, so I didn’t get to get them all up, but I think I have most of the larger and / or more interesting events! I have separated events into ‘Cherry Blossom Festivals’ and ‘All other events’…


🌸Cherry blossom festivals on March 24th


Monday March 25th 2024

A special entry for the Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival whose start date was pushed back (last minute) until today, because the cherry blossoms weren’t blooming on Friday:

Also, it is the start of this wonderful cherry blossom festival:


Thursday March 28th 2024

A special entry for this stunning cherry blossom location that will start lighting up the cherry blossoms tonight:


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