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Rose Festival Yono 2022. It looks like the Yono Rose Festival will go ahead in 2022 after a three year hiatus due to the pandemic. Yono Park, where the festival is held, made quite a name for itself when they cut all the beautiful roses in the spring of 2020 to deter people visiting.

2022 Information

Yono park, Saitama City, is known locally for its roses in both spring and autumn. The spring rose festival at the park is relatively new – it started around 2009. However, the park itself is quite old, with more than 140 years of history.

During the first two years of the pandemic the rose festivals were cancelled. Moreover, as aforementioned, they actually lopped the heads of all the roses to deter people visiting. They actually weren’t the only park to take such drastic action, but they were the first in Saitama. Many parks followed suit, including Kinchakuda Park in Hidaka where the mowed down the famous spider lilies the following September.

Yono Park Rose Festival

While the rose festival is set to go ahead in 2022, it will be little like a ‘normal’ year. There will be no live music and dance performances, except for one mini concert at 2 pm on Saturday May 21st which requires an advance seat reservation. However, it is free.

While the festival is usually only on for two days, this year it will be on for seven days. From Monday May 16th to Sunday May 22nd. The rose festival in Yono Park may be cancelled in the event of rain. The pandemic may also influence the situation. Please check Saitama Tourism and International Bureau’s site for the most up-to-date information.

Yono rose festival
Yono rose festival -image from STIB

Other events

Usually there are guided tours and a candle art night during the period of bloom. However, they are not currently scheduled for 2022.

Other Saitama City Festivals scheduled for May 2022

Apart from the Yono Rose Festival, there are several other festivals going ahead for the first time in three years in May in Saitama City:

Yono Park Roses in Autumn

The roses grow again in Autumn, generally around mid to late October. They don’t have a festival per se, but there is usually a “rose concert” in October. It is scheduled for Sunday October 9th 2022, but you have to apply in advance to view it. Moreover, it is on before the rose season. However, there should be a few roses in bloom. More information on the organizer’s website.

Rose Festival Access

They request that you come by public transport. The rose garden in Yono Park is a 15 minute walk from Yono Honmachi station on the JR Saikyo Line.

Other rose gardens / festivals and even cafes in Saitama Prefecture

First published May 2017. Moved from the event calendar and republished in April 2022.

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