Ranzan Autumn leaves festival, walk and gourmet at Ranzan Gorge, also referred to as Ranzan Valley. Here’s hoping that ‘third time’s a charm’. The event was cancelled in 2019 after substantial damage from Typhoon Hagibis. And it was cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak.
The event is generally held the Saturday and Sunday closest to November 23rd, Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan and a national holiday. There are food vans and events scheduled for the two day celebration of the Autumn leaves.
Until recent years the Ranzan Gorge was quite an off the tourist trail location within Saitama. However, it now enjoys great acclaim and people come from further afield to view the gorge during the fall season. The gorge is quite picturesque all year round and it is a popular spot during the summer months too, for river play and barbecues along Tsuki river. There is some great hiking in the area.
**Featured image at top of article from the Saitama Prefecture official website**
Access Ranzan Autumn Leaves Festival
A scenic 40 minute walk from Musashi Ranzan station on the Tobu Tojo Line.
Eight kilometers from both the Higashimatsuyama and Ranzan Ogawa Interchanges of the Kanetsu expressway. There is no cover charge for the festival, but if you come by car you will need to pay parking charges. Parking at the Ranzan Gorge barbecue site costs 1000 yen per day. There are a couple of spots you can park for free, near the lavender fields when they are out of season (they bloom in June). First come, first served.