Honjo Gion Festival – This festival occurs every year on the 2 days preceding “umi no hi”, an annual holiday in Japan. However, in 2020 the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. It attracts about 40,000 people. There are 70 stalls. One of the unusual features of this festival is the 雨乞獅子“rainRead More →

Iruma Mando Festival  – Mando or Mandou 万燈 means 10,000 lights and is a type of Japanese lantern. For this, the biggest annual festival held in Iruma, the festival field is decorated with Mandou (pictured).  The popularity of the festival is growing year on year and is expected to attract inRead More →

Tokorozawa festival

For the second year in a row the Tokorozawa Festival has been cancelled. In 2019 the festival was cancelled last minute on account of typhoon in Hagibis. In 2020 they cancelled the event early on in anticipation of a second or third wave of the Coronavirus outbreak. Official notification. TokorozawaRead More →

Sakado Yosakoi 2020 – For the second year in a row, the Sakado Yosakoi festival has been cancelled. Last year it was due to a typhoon, this year (2020) it is due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The decision was made quite early to cancel the event with confirmation coming throughRead More →

Kita Urawa Awa Odori dancers from the official Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Kita Urawa Awa Odori – the 2020 event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Summer maybe officially over, but there are still a couple of lingering summer festivals on in Saitama this weekend. For one, the Kita Urawa Awa Odori competition as part of the Urawa festivals. TheRead More →

kasukabe odako fireworks

There will be no Odako Fireworks Kasukabe in 2020. Approximately 320 starmines and 50 smaller fireworks are launched annually at the Odako Fireworks. (As in Odako of the famous kite festival in the same city). The fireworks are the finale to the traditional summer festival that starts around 3.30 pm.Read More →

Higashimatsuyama Fireworks

Higashimatsuyama Fireworks 2020  The 2020 Higashimatsuyama fireworks have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. The 2020 Higashimatsuyama summer festival has also been cancelled. Official notification of cancellation from the Higashimatsuyama Tourism Website.   2019 Information The 20th annual Higashimatsuyama Fireworks will be held in Tokigawa Riverside Park (Takasaka) onRead More →

Misato Summer Festival Fireworks

The Misato Summer Festival is held annually in the second half of August. Usually on a Friday. There are fireworks at this festival too. They are the 7th most popular fireworks display in Saitama. Approximately 14000 fireworks are launched. Before the fireworks there is usually a show with some performances.Read More →

Nagatoro Funadama Festival

The Nagatoro Tourist Association announced on April 27th that they are cancelling the 2020 Nagatoro Fundama Festival due to concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak. General Information about Nagatoro Funadama Festival Nagatoro Funadama Festival (or Nagatoro Funatama festival) is an annual festival held in the stunning Iwadatami area of Chichibu. SpectacularRead More →

The Misato “Big Bon” dance festival is held annually on August 11th. It takes place in Niodori Park in Misato City, near Misato Chuo Station on the Tsukuba Express line. The dance festival starts at 4 pm and ends around 8.30 pm. However, in 2020, due to the Coronavirus outbreakRead More →