Aobaen pinwheels spring 2024

Information for the latest display at Aobaen in Saitama City. The display changes every 6 to 8 weeks. Currently, in March 2024 it is a colorful corridor of pinwheels. They had pinwheels last year, but this year they are a completely different color – beautiful pink x yellow combo.

Since around August 2022, Aobaen Cemetery in Saitama City, have a permanent wooden trellis in front of their three tiered pagoda. Each month they create a tunnel of color with something different! They have seven different displays; each stay up for between one and two months. They include Japanese fans, origami cranes, wind chimes, prayer plaques, pinwheels, colorful lanterns and teru teru bozu.

Tunnel of colorful paper lanterns at Aobaen in Saitama City
Lanterns late spring 2023

Pinwheel Corridor Saitama City

Pinwheels Aobaen
The pinwheel display early spring 2023

I have seen several of the displays personally. So I’ve left some photos of the previous displays in this post, below, as they repeat each year. However, even though they repeat each year, they change the colors, so there is always something new to see. The pinwheels were put up for March. They don’t give an end date, but last year they were up until April 24th so it will probably be the same this year.

Teru Teru Bozu Saitama City June 2023
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Hanachozu

Another new feature Aobaen introduced in late 2022 are floating flowers in the water font for the Aoba shrine by the pagoda. Make sure you check out the roof, which isn’t visible at eye level for the average adult, you have to hunker down! …

Dragon picture on roof of Hanachozu with pagoda in background at Aobaen

Flowers

One of the best times to visit the hanachozu is April as wisteria, azalea, yaezakura, dogwood, tulips and shibazakura (moss phlox) bloom in the area around the floating flowers. There are sunflowers in the month of August. In winter you can see wintersweet in bloom on the grounds. Please be sure to check the main article about this unique cemetery for even more photos and detailed information about the seasonal flowers.

moss phlox pinwheels pagoda Saitama City

>>Check out this really cool kakigori (shaved ice) you can get at the restaurant at Aobaen<<

Information

Event: Aobaen Pinwheel Corridor かざぐるま装飾

Date: from March to around the end of the third week in April.

Time: office hours are from 9 am to 5 pm, but the corridor area is open from 8 am to 4.30 pm.

Cost: free and free parking.

Venue: Aobaen, 5 Chome-1505 Mihashi, Nishi Ward, Saitama, 331-0052. View on Google Maps.

Pinwheels Saitama City Japanese design

Access

The cemetery is located close to the crossroads for Mihashi Park on national route 17. However, on the opposite side of the road to the park. There are four car parks. Both the South and the West car park both have wisteria in them. You can actually park under wisteria in the West car park! It blooms before the natural monument wisteria. In 2023 it was already in bloom by April 12th.

The nearest station on foot is Nishi Omiya station on the Saikyo / Kawagoe line. Its about a 25 minute walk from the cemetery. Sashiogi station on the same line is about 30 minutes on foot. The O25 bus goes to Aobaen bus stop from JR Omiya station. It takes about 10 minutes on the bus. To walk from JR Omiya Station would take about 40 minutes.

Official website

Editor’s note; originally written about the pinwheels that went up in March and stayed up until April 24th. They were replaced by colorful lanterns, which stayed up until May 31st. Koinobori are also put up in April and stay up until May 12th. 20230412. November 2023: origami cranes. January – February 2024 prayer votives.

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