Kawajima Town will host a sky lantern event in celebration of 50 years since the inauguration of the town. The Kawajima Sky Lantern festival will be held, the Saturday before Halloween, in Heisei no Mori Park, home to the longest rose tunnel in Japan. Please note, there are no lanterns on the night, they sold out in advance, in hours reportedly.
This event is over. If you are looking for a Sky Lantern event in Saitama, or near Tokyo, that is on in December 2022, please take a look at the Satoyama Sky Lantern event here.
Sky Lantern Event
Sky lantern events have grown in popularity in Saitama in the last two years. So much so, this year there is not just one, but three sky lantern events for Halloween in Saitama Prefecture! This one is in the rural town of Kawajima, which is famous locally for several things such as sutatte udon, ichijuku, swans and Japan’s longest rose tunnel. The lantern event will be held in the park which is home to that rose tunnel. And there should be some Autumn roses blooming on the day (no guarantees – it depends on Mother Nature)!
The Lanterns are LED so there is no flame used. In addition, they come with a long string, like what you have on a kite, so they don’t pollute the air. Furthermore, you can bring them home, but the light doesn’t last more than a few hours. It costs 2000 yen for one lantern and there is a limit of 100 lanterns.
You can also already ring the phone number in the flyer above to reserve one now. There maybe none left on the night. The lanterns are sold out. If you do order one, the reception / pick up for the lanterns is on the west of the park by the martial arts hall and gymnasium.
Apart from the lanterns, this is also a Halloween event so people can come in costume. If you come in costume you can participate in a stage event. Please go to the “cosplay” tent upon arrival for further information. In addition, there are other stage events. There are also kitchen cars (food vans). Furthermore, they will have a goldfish scoop competition. From previous experience, the goldfish scoop events in Kawajima Town are always a lot of fun!
Event: Kawajima Lantern Festival かわじまランターン祭
Date: Saturday October 29th
Time: from 3 pm to 9 pm, the lanterns will be floated from 7.30 pm
Cost: the festival itself is free, but it costs 2000 yen to purchase a lantern. Also individual events, such as goldfish scoop, maybe charged.
Venue: Football Ground of Heisei no Mori Park, 920 Shimoyatsubayashi, Kawajima, Hiki District, Saitama 350-0122. View on Google Maps.
By train and bus – Unfortunately, Heisei No Mori is a little difficult to get to by public transport. However, you can take a bus from the East exit of Tobu Tojo line Kawagoe station, bound for Konosu. The park is about a 20 minute walk from 「川島農協前」(Kawajima Nokyou mae) bus stop. There is also an infrequent bus from Wakaba Station.
By car – the park is about a five to ten minute drive from the Kawajima exit of the Ken-O expressway. There is parking in the community center and the town hall beside the park as well as temporary parking lots nearby.