Prefecture day Saitama day kenmin no hi 県民の日

Saitama Prefecture Day

Saitama Citizen’s Day or Prefecture Day or Saitama day, kenmin no hi 県民の日 in Japanese, is on the 14th of November each year. Kenmin no Hi literally means citizen’s day, but when I first came to Japan and until very recently it was called Prefecture Day in English. I noticed this year many of the official public relations from the prefecture used the literal translation.

On Saitama Citizen’s Day many venues and locations offer free entry to their attractions.  Moreover, you can also get special day tickets for the trains within Saitama.  Below is the list of places that you and / or your children can enjoy for free on Saitama prefecture day annually.  However, in 2020 and 2021 on account of the Coronavirus several of these locations (marked accordingly below) are charging in to deter the usual crowds they attract on Saitama citizens day.

Please note, I can only check periodically, so please do always check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to the Coronavirus or other mitigating circumstances. Thank you.

Free entry on Saitama Prefecture Day

This map is for a usual non-pandemic year:

Zoos

  • Saitama Children’s Zoo
  • Chikozan Children’s Zoo
  • Tobu Zoo
  • Saitama Aquarium

Amusements

  • Ogawa Genki Plaza
  • Seibu Amusement Park
  • Musashi no Mura
  • Sengenyama Miharashi Park (Saitama’s longest roller slide)
  • Aqua Paradise Patio

Museums

  • Saitama Museum of Rivers
  • Tokorozawa Aviation Museum
  • Skip City Visual Museum
  • Kawaguchi Science Museum
  • Museum of Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds
  • Kawagoe Festival Museum
  • Saitama Museum of Literature
  • CESS
  • Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore
  • 100 Caves of Yoshimi

Please check below to see which are going ahead / cancelled in 2020 ☟

Saitama Children’s Zoo

Free entry to the zoo and the children’s castle for children and adults alike. However, in 2020 in a bid to keep numbers down (and believe you me the Saitama Children’s Zoo is always packed on Saitama Day!) the zoo was not free in. Still awaiting information for 2021. Generally, the popular Capybara onsen starts on November 14th. Again still waiting on 2021 information.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00 (last entry 16.00) not available in 2020. The zoo is open but it will be charged like a regular day.
Address: 554 Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama-shi, Saitama 355-0065
TEL: 0493-35-1234
URL: http://www.parks.or.jp/sczoo/

More information in English about the Zoo:


Chikozan Park Zoo

Chikozan Park Zoo is free in for children only. At the moment they have not released any information as to whether or not they plan to charge this year on account of the Coronavirus.

Opening hours: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Address: 1-864, Kashiwabara, Sayama, Saitama 350-1335
Telephone: +81429539779
URL: Official website

More information in English on this blog:


Tobu Zoo

**Not available in 2020** Tobu Zoo have announced that they will not be offering their usual free entry to children to the zoo on Prefecture day. They said they want to deter crowds coming to the zoo during the pandemic.

*Best savings selection #1.* Free entry for children up to 18 years old, its normally 1500 yen for children over 12 and 700 yen for children from 3 to 12 years old. You need to show proof of address at the ticket gate. They also offer free entry to people from Ibaraki on Ibaraki Prefectural day November 13th, Gunma people on Gunma day 28th of October and Tokyo people on Tokyo day 1st of October.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.30 **The zoo is open, but it will be charged like a regular day in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus**
Address: 110 Suga, Miyashiro, Minami Saitama, Saitama 345-0831
TEL: +81 480-93-1200
URL: http://www.tobuzoo.com/

More information on Tobu Zoo on this blog:


Saitama Aquarium

Free entry to the aquarium for children. Currently there is no indication that they plan to charge in this year like Saitama Children’s Zoo and Tobu zoo.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00
Address: 751-1 Mitakaya, Hanyu City, Saitama 348-0011
TEL: 048-565-1010 FAX 048-565-2768
URL: http://www.parks.or.jp/suizokukan/access.html

In conjunction with the free entry there are usually a number of events held on the day.

More information about the aquarium and the beautiful park its in:


Saitama Museum of Rivers

Entry to the grounds, even to the water playground and moreover parking are all free. They usually hold a number of events in conjunction with the free entry for Saitama Prefectural Day. They have confirmed that it will be free in for Saitama-jin as always in 2020 too.

Opening hours: 10.00 to 16.00 (grounds are open from 9.00 to 17.00)
Address: 39 Kozono, Yorii, Osato District, Saitama Prefecture 369-1217, Japan
TEL: :+81 48-581-7333
URL: https://www.river-museum.jp/

More information about the Museum of Rivers in English:

Places with free entry on Saitama / prefecture day


Tokorozawa Aviation museum

**Not available in 2020** Normally there is free entry to the facilities. However, in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus they will charge into the museum to prevent people coming in droves.

Opening Hours: 9.30 to 17.00 (last entry 16.30) The museum is open as normal, but you have to pay in in 2020.
Address: 1-13 Namiki, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0042
TEL: 04-2998-4388
URL: official website

More information in English about the engaging Tokorozawa aviation museum.


Skip City Visual Museum

You can normally enter the museum for free. However, they have not yet confirmed if it will be the same for 2020. But they have confirmed they will have their usual free movie showing on Prefecture day. You need to apply in advance for a seat which you can do here.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00
Address: Sai no kuni Visual Plaza, 2nd Floor, Visual Museum, 3-12-63 Kamiaoki, Kawaguchi, Saitama 333-0844, Japan
TEL : 81-48-265-2500 / FAX : 81-48-265-2628
URL: https://www.skipcity.jp/english/access/index.html

More information in English about the excellent Skip City Visual Museum:


Kawaguchi Science Museum

Free entrance into the Science Exhibitions on both Friday November 13th and Saturday November 14th 2020. However, limited to 100 people only. The planetarium is also free on Saturday only, but it is also limited, this time to 70 people. You need to secure a “free viewing” ticket in advance.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00
Address: (Inside Skip City) 3-12-18 Kamiaoki, Kawaguchi, Saitama 333-0844
TEL: 048-262-8431
URL: Official Kawaguchi Science Museum website


Museum of the Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds

The Sakitama park is always free in and it is a beautiful park especially during cherry blossom season. The museum has a nominal fee that is waived on Prefecture Day annually. They have confirmed 2020 is no different and will be free in for all residents of Saitama.

Opening hours: 9 am to 4.30 pm
Address: 4834 Sakitama, Gyoda, Saitama 361-0025
Tel: +81485591111
URL: Official website


Kawagoe Festival Museum

Free entry into the museum.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.30 (last entry 17.00)
Address: 2-1-10 Motomachi, Kawagoe City, Saitama 350-0062
TEL: 049-225-2727 FAX.049-227-5001
URL: https://kawagoematsuri.jp/matsurimuseum/


Saitama Museum of Literature

Free entry

Opening hours: 10.00 to 17.30
Address: 1 Chome-5-9 Wakamiya, Okegawa, Saitama Prefecture 363-0022, Japan
TEL: +81 48-789-1515
URL: https://www.saitama-bungakukan.org/


Center for Environmental Science Saitama (CESS)

Engaging museum of sorts where you can learn about environmental science.

URL: Official website

More information about CESS on this blog:


Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore

Free entry into the museum.

Opening hours: 9 am to 4.30 pm
Address: 4-219 Takahanacho, Omiya Ward, Saitama, 330-0803
Phone: +81486410890
URL: Official site

More information about the museum in English on this website:


100 Caves of Yoshimi

Free entry into the caves. Normally it costs 300 yen per adult and children over 12 years old. And 200 yen for primary school aged children.

Opening hours: for the free entry – 10 am to 3 pm
Address: 324 Kita Yoshimi, Yoshimi Town, Hiki District, Saitama
Phone: 0493-54-4541
URL: Official website

https://insaitama.com/event/100-caves-festival-on-saitama-day-yoshimi/

Ogawa Genki Plaza

Free entry into the facilities. There is also free access to the planetarium.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.30
Address: 561 Kiroko, Ogawa Town, Saitama, 355-0337
TEL: 0493-72-2220 | FAX 0493-71-1043
URL: https://ogawagenki.com/


Seibuen Amusement Park

**Not available in 2020 because the amusement park is temporarily closed for renovations**

*Best savings selection #2.* Free entry to the grounds (rides are not free), the usual price is 1000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children over 3. They also have discounted their “one day free ticket” which does include rides. The adult ticket which is normally 3,200 will be available for 1,600. The child pass will be available for 1,350. It is usually 2,700. Saitama’s mascot “Kobaton” will be in the park on Prefecture day at 10.00, 13.00 and 15.00.

Opening hours: 10.00 to 17.00 temporarily closed in 2020 for renovations
Address: 2964 Yamaguchi, Tokorozawa City, Saitama 345-0831
TEL: (04)2922-1371
URL: https://www.seibuen-yuuenchi.jp/index.html


Midori no naka no Family land, Musashi no Mura

*Best savings selection #3.* Free entry to the amusement park (does not include rides) for 4 DAYS from November 14th to 17th. The fee is normally 1,100 yen for adults and 600 for children from 3 up. They are also offering lowered “free passes”; an adult pass will have 700 yen off and the child’s pass will be 600 yen cheaper than normal.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 16.30
Address: 1700-1 Shidami, Kazo, Saitama Prefecture 347-0042
TEL: +81 480-61-4126
URL: https://www.musashinomura.co.jp/event/index.html#e004

More information on Musashi No Mura in English on this blog:


Sengenyama Miharashi Park

Saitama’s longest roller slide is free to use on Prefecture Day only. It normally costs 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for children. This event is scheduled to go ahead in 2021 in spite of the Coronavirus. However, they have said if it is very crowded they will limit the number of rides per person. Furthermore, this year – 2021 – it will only be free for children.

Opening hours: 9.45 am to 4.30 pm
Address: 〒355-0321 Saitama, Hiki District, Ogawa 1440
Phone: +81493731000
URL: Official website

More information on this blog:


Aqua Paradise Patio

Entry to the pools is free at Aqua Paradise Patio on Prefecture day. However, in 2020, they have organised the pool times into three different slots. Normally – in a non pandemic year – it is free all day for an unlimited time.

Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm
Address: 763 Kashai, Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture 366-0816
Phone: 048-574-5000
URL: Official website

You will find there are several other discounts for and special events on Prefecture Day annually. For example, many of the train lines run a special campaign with discounted tickets for the week of Prefecture Day. Furthermore the Onsen Dojo hot springs such as Cafe Bivouac (Kumagaya) and Retro Springs Tamagawa (Tokigawa) offer discounts on Saitama Day. In addition, you will also find many places have special prices on the day, such as the Saitama Ice Arena. Also, places outside Saitama offer discounts to people who live in Saitama day on November 14th annually. Please note though, that due to all the discounts, freebies and special events, all the big tourist attractions tend to be extremely crowded on Prefecture day. This will be particularly true in 2020 as it falls on a Saturday.

10 Comments

    1. Author

      Me too! That’s what spurred this post. Last year I saw some great comments and posts AFTER Saitama day and I was thinking; if only I knew! But sheez these types of posts take me forever. I’ve another 20ish locations and events, but I lost momentum and typing power!! As always, thanks for commenting 🙂

  1. Oh, didn’t know there was such a thing as Saitama day hahah. Will definitely check some places out, thanks for the tip!

    1. Author

      hehe! I only found out last year about Tobu zoo and so this year I researched all the places that offer free in and/or discounts.

  2. Greetings from Shizuoka!
    I’ve been quite a few times in Saitama, but You are an elinghtment!
    Thanks you for sharing!
    Robert-Gilles

    1. Author

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Robert. And for stopping by.

      What a wonderful, insightful, detailed blog you have, makes me want to visit Shizuoka again!

      Elle

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