The O park Bio Resort and Hotel will have their annual sky lantern event again in 2022. However, this year the event is quite different to previous years. The full name of the event is “Satoyama Sky Lantern Night”. In previous years it was only on select Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in December. But in 2022 it will start on November 5th. In addition, you have to book in advance to participate. Also, please note that there is a charge of 2000 yen per person for this event.
O Park was initially Opark (one word) when they re-branded in 2018, but they now use two separate words. Moreover, they now go by the full name of Bio-resort Hotel & Spa O park Ogose. The resort has had more name changes in the last four years than I’ve had hot suppers, as we say back in Ireland! You might know it as Opark, You Park or Yuu Park or Little Indian Village or Ogose Fureai center or maybe another name that I’ve yet to hear of!
Whatever you call it, it is a very nice camping and glamping spot in Ogose town. Furthermore, they have a great roofed barbecue area for day trippers. Moreover, it has several recreational facilities that can be used by the general public too. Including their indoor baths and pool. As well as a great play area for kids. It is one of several leisure facilities in Saitama Prefecture by the leisure company Onsen Dojo.
Satoyama Sky Lantern
The Sky Lantern event is open to the public as well as guests of the resort. The lanterns are made out of helium and use LED lights so they are safe for children to use too. There are five different colors to choose from. From 2022, they don’t specify a night of the week like in the past (when it was Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays only). However, from this year you a) have to book it in advance and b) they only 20 lanterns each night. Participation costs 2000 yen per person. The event will continue until an unspecified date – in other words, it will be available until their supply lanterns run out!
The featured image (at the top of post) is from the official press release for this event in 2020. And the photo above is from the 2021 press release from Onsen Dojo. Onsen Dojo as the management company manage the press releases of O park and several other hot springs and leisure facilities around Japan. Facilities in Saitama on this blog include:
- Glamping, BBQ, Baths, Play at Opark (You Park) | OGOSE
- Comoriver Tokitama Himitsu Kichi| TOKIGAWA
- Award winning Ofuro Cafe Bivouac | KUMAGAYA
- Award winning Retro Tamagawa Hot springs and Sento | TOKIGAWA
Event: Satoyama Sky Lantern Night 里山スカイランタンナイト
Dates: from November 5th ~ (none on the 2nd Thursday of each month as the resort closes)
Times: after dusk
Cost: 2000 yen per lantern
Venue: Bio Resort Hotel and Spa O Park :
Address: 3083-1 Ueno, Ogose, Iruma District, Saitama 350-0415. View on Google Maps.
Thanks to a shuttle bus that runs between Opark and two stations, Opark Ogose is quite easy to get to, even by public transport. The shuttle bus takes two courses: Ogose course and Moroyama course. The latter is very infrequent with only two buses a day, but it stops and picks up at both Bushu Nagase and Higashi Moro stations. However, the Ogose course goes once an hour. You can get it from outside the Ogose Tourist Office at Ogose Station. The 2022 timetable is here. The bus only takes about 6 minutes to / from Ogose station. You can also walk from both Ogose and Higashi-moro stations. It takes about 30 minutes on foot from both.
By car the nearest highway is the Kanetsu expressway. Both Sakado Nishi (Smart) and Tsurugashima exits are about a 30 minute drive from Yu Park. Please note that as Sakado Nishi is a smart interchange, you must have an ETC card to use it. There are a number of different car parks throughout the grounds. The one nearest the reception building holds about 40 cars.
More information about the resort in English: