Pantastic 2024

Each year Cocoon City have a “Pantastic” bread festival for ten days. However, its usually later in the year. This year it is on in March, not May like usual! In Japan, bread is called ‘Pan’ hence the name of the festival. This Pantastic fair has been travelling around Japan on a “Japapapapapapan Tour” for the last year. It maybe why the schedule is different.

Cocoon City Pantastic

Dozens of bakeries, patisseries and cafes from all over Saitama and Kanto participate in this annual bread fair. Moreover, more than just bread, you can also peruse and / or purchase sweets, condiments for bread and even bread fashion at the Pantastic Store. Each day there are about twenty stalls. Some of the stores are there daily, some only participate on one day – keeping things fresh, as the bread!

⚠Participation Ticket⚠

Due to the popularity of this event, they manage crowds by using a ticket system. There is no cover charge to enter the bread fair area, but you do need to secure a participation ticket in advance. They are distributed from in front of Ito Yokado from 9 am to 8.30 pm. No ticket, no entry. On a busy day, they will allocate you a time that you can enter Pantastic. If you miss your time period, you will have to get another ticket. If it is not busy, once you get your ticket you can enter the fair area. However, there may also be times that they stop distributing tickets early, if they have reached maximum capacity on a given day.


Information

Event: Pantastic Cocoon City 2024 パンタスティック!!®

Dates: from Friday March 15th to Sunday March 24th 2024

Time: 10 am to 9 pm

Cost: there is no entry fee into the venue, but you do need to secure a number / participation ticket (as outlined above)

Venue: Hikari Street, Cocoon 2, Cocoon City – see next paragraph:

Cocoon City Information

Saitama Shintoshin Cocoon City Cocoon 2
Cocoon 2 as seen from Saitama Shintoshin station

The Cocoon City is made up of Cocoon 1, Cocoon 2, Cocoon 3 and the park side building. Each building has a variety of shops, services and restaurants in them. Also, there are walk ways and plazas between each building as well as car parking lots. Pantastic is held in Cocoon 2, pictured above.

Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm

Address:4-263-1 Kishikicho, Omiya Ward, Saitama City Map at the bottom of the post.

Phone: 048-601-5050

Access

Cocoon 2 is about a two minute walk from JR Saitama Shintoshin Station and about a ten minute walk from JR Kitayono Station. There is parking at Cocoon city, but it can get very congested. Cocoon City is open from 10 am to 9 pm, but the cinema opens longer and the parking reflects that. It is open 9.00 am to 1.00 am. It costs 200 yen for 30 minutes. But if you have a Cocoon card or if you spend more than a 1000 yen in one shop you get one hour free parking. If you use the cinema you get 3 hours free parking.

Official Website | Event web page

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