Prefecture day Saitama day kenmin no hi 県民の日

Saitama Prefecture Day

Information for Saitama Citizen’s Day or Prefecture Day or Saitama day, kenmin no hi 県民の日 in Japanese. Saitama Citizen’s day 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. In recent years, the official public relations from the prefecture use the literal translation “Citizen’s Day”.

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 2021 due to the Coronavirus some of these locations are charging in. In 2020, almost everywhere charged in for this reason. In order to deter the usual crowds they attract on Saitama citizens day. But thankfully in 2021 most of the usual places are free in again. All are marked accordingly below.

Please note, I can only check for updates periodically. Therefore, 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 Museums x 4 + Gallery
  • Saitama Museum of Literature
  • CESS
  • Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore
  • 100 Caves of Yoshimi
  • Kodai Hasu no Sato

Please check below to see which are going ahead / cancelled in 2021 ☟

Saitama Children’s Zoo

Saitama Children’s zoo will be free in again this year on November 14th (it wasn’t in 2020 due to the pandemic). They have not made an announcement about the children’s castle yet. Parking is charged. Please note, the zoo is always busy, like crazy busy, on Saitama Day, even when its a weekday and this year it is a weekend.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00 (last entry 16.00)
Address: 554 Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama-shi, Saitama 355-0065
TEL: 0493-35-1234
Official website

In addition, more information in English about the Zoo:


Chikozan Park Zoo

Information not yet available for 2021.

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

Even more information about the zoo in English on this blog:


Tobu Zoo

In 2021, Tobu Zoo have a special pass for Saitama Day on November 14th. And they also have a special ticket for Ibaraki Citizen’s / Prefecture day too. That is on Saturday November 13th. The “Attraction Pass Set” covers entry into the zoo and unlimited access to several rides. It normally costs 5,100 yen, but for the Saitama and Ibaraki days they have a special offer of 3800 yen for the pass for adults. Likewise, the “Attraction Pass” (which doesn’t cover entry fee) is reduced from 3,300 yen to 2000 yen.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.30
Address: 110 Suga, Miyashiro, Minami Saitama, Saitama 345-0831
TEL: +81 480-93-1200
Official website

More information on Tobu Zoo on this blog also:


Saitama Aquarium

The Saitama Aquarium offers free entry to the aquarium for children on citizen’s day only. It normally costs 200 yen per child. They have confirmed that they will also be offering this in 2021. However, adults and children over 15 years old are charged as normal: 500 yen per person.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00
Address: 751-1 Mitakaya, Hanyu City, Saitama 348-0011
TEL: 048-565-1010 FAX 048-565-2768
Official notification of 2021 discount

In addition, there are usually a number of events held on the day. However, in 2021 events are limited.

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 annually on Saitama Day. In addition, 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 2021 too. Moreover, they will have an autumn festival on the day.

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
Official website

More information about the Museum of Rivers in English:

Places with free entry on Saitama / prefecture day


Tokorozawa Aviation museum

2021 information not available yet. However, a flea market has been confirmed to take place in the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park, where the museum is.

Opening Hours: 9.30 to 17.00 (last entry 16.30)
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 is also available on this blog.


Skip City Visual Museum

They have not yet confirmed whether the museum will be free in on Saitama Day in 2021. But, they have confirmed they will have their usual free movie showing on Prefecture day. However, you need to apply in advance, by November 13th, 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
Official website

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


Kawaguchi Science Museum

There is free entrance into the Science Exhibitions from Friday November 12th and Sunday November 14th 2021. They also have several events on the Saturday and Sunday. The planetarium is also free, but it is also limited to 160 people. However, you need to secure a “free viewing” ticket in advance at the entrance to the museum. They will start distributing them at 8.30 am.

Opening hours: 9.30 to 17.00
Address: (Inside Skip City) 3-12-18 Kamiaoki, Kawaguchi, Saitama 333-0844
TEL: 048-262-8431
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 2021 is no different and it will be free in for all residents of Saitama. Furthermore, they will have an Autumn Festival that day.

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

Additional information in English about the park:


Kodai Hasu no Sato

The observation tower, including the small lotus museum, is free in for school aged children on Saitama Day 2021.

Hours: 9 am to 4.30 pm
Address: 2375 Kobari, Gyoda-shi
Tel: 048-559-0770
Official notification of free entry

More information in English on this website.


Kawagoe Museums

Free entry into Kawagoe museum, Kawagoe Festival museum, Yamazaki Museum, Kawagoe City Art Museum (Gallery) and Honmaru Goten also. Furthermore, there are also special train passes for Kawagoe on Prefecture Day.

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
Kawagoe Matsuri Museum official website


Saitama Museum of Literature

Awaiting 2021 information. Usually there is free entry to the museum. However, what they have confirmed is that they have a special exhibition for the 150th anniversary of Saitama Prefecture.

Opening hours: 10.00 to 17.30
Address: 1 Chome-5-9 Wakamiya, Okegawa, Saitama Prefecture 363-0022, Japan
TEL: +81 48-789-1515
Official website


Center for Environmental Science Saitama (CESS)

The Center for Environmental Science Saitama is an engaging museum of sorts where you can learn about environmental science. However, they have decided not to offer free entry this year, in a bid to avoid crowding.

URL: Official website

More information about CESS also on this blog:


Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore

The Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore will have their usual Saitama Day special. That is, free entry into the museum.

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

More information about the museum in English also on this website:


100 Caves of Yoshimi

Awaiting 2021 information. Normally there is free entry into the caves, which are otherwise 300 yen per adult and children over 12 years old. And 200 yen for primary school aged children. In addition, they normally have a festival on Saitama Day. But it doesn’t appear to be on in 2021.

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


Ogawa Genki Plaza

Awaiting 2021 information. In a non pandemic year there is usually 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
Official website


Seibuen Amusement Park

Awaiting 2021 information. However, it is unlikely they will have any specials this year. But if they do, I will try to update the information here.

Opening hours: 10.00 to 17.00
Address: 2964 Yamaguchi, Tokorozawa City, Saitama 345-0831
TEL: (04)2922-1371
Official website


Midori no naka no Family land, Musashi no Mura

Musashi no Mura are offering citizens of Saitama the “free pass” for just 2000 yen in 2021. It is in celebration of both the 150th anniversary of Saitama Prefecture and Citizen’s day. The free pass includes entry as well as unlimited access to dozens of rides. This special discount is available from Monday November 8th to Sunday November 14th. Please note the park is closed November 10th. Moreover, they are offering the pass to residents of Tochigi, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tokyo, Kanagawa and Chiba as well.

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 also on this blog:


Sengenyama Miharashi Park

Saitama’s longest roller slide is free to use on Prefecture Day only. However, in 2021 it is only for children. In a usual year adults can to free also. 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.

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

There is more information about the location on this blog as well:


Aqua Paradise Patio

Awaiting 2021 information. Entry to the pools is free at Aqua Paradise Patio on Prefecture day in a normal year.

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

Bonus Content

In 2021 there are several festivals, and events as well, on Prefecture day weekend. Also, Moominvalley park is giving out free presents to the early birds. Shinrin park has their “Outdoor Park” event planned for the weekend also. And Tokorozawa Aviation Park will also have their popular flea market. Moreover, their highly popular cheap hot air balloon ride is scheduled for Saitama Day 2021.

You will also 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 usually offer discounts to people who live in Saitama day on November 14th annually. However, due to the pandemic there are a lot less in 2020/21 to demote cross prefecture tourism. Also please note, 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 2021 as it falls on a Sunday.

Originally posted in 2013. Republished in November 2021.

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