The Steamed Bun Fair, or as the organizers call it in English – the Chinese Steamed Buns Expo – is coming up at Aeon Lake Town in Koshigaya. In Japanese it is 中華まん博覧会 ‘Chukaman Hakurankai’. Chukaman means Chinese Steamed Buns and Hakurankai means exposition or fair.
Steamed Bun Fair
It is a very popular chukaman food fair held annually (excluding pandemic years) in Laketown Koshigaya. There are more than 100 different types of take away steamed bun on sale as well as about 20 varieties that you can buy freshly heated! In addition, they have Chinese lanterns up in the festival area. The area is actually relatively small, but the queues are long!
Last year, 2022, it was on for the first time in three years, but at a later date than normal. This year its back to its usual – the last week in January until the first Sunday in February. That is, Wednesday January 24th to Sunday February 4th 2024.
>>Did you know that Saitama has a chukaman factory that you can visit? Check out the free nikuman museum in Iruma (information in English linked).<<
Event: Chinese Steamed Buns Expo or as I call it, the Steamed Bun Fair! In Japanese: 中華まん博覧会2024
Dates: from Wednesday January 24th to Sunday February 4th 2024.
Time: 11 am to 6 pm. (In the past it always finished early on the last day, at 4 pm, but there is currently no such notification for 2023).
Cost: no charge to enter the food festival area, the chukaman (steamed bun) prices vary greatly from around 300 yen to 800 yen!
Venue: Fountain area “噴水広場 特設会場” on the 1st floor of Mori Mall, Koshigaya Laketown. View on Google Maps.
The mall is located close to JR Koshigaya Laketown Station. Where possible, they advise you to come by public transport because the area can be very congested with traffic. There is parking at the mall, charged by the hour.
Organizer’s website: the featured photo was taken from this website.
Editors note: this event was temporarily removed from the blog during the pandemic. It was republished on February 9th 2023.