Nagatoro Funadama Festival

On April 27th 2020, months ahead of its scheduled date, the Nagatoro Tourist Assocation announced the cancellation of the 2020 Nagatoro Fundama Festival. Like the majority of events cancelled in 2020 it was due to concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak. It is too early to tell (September 2020) if theRead More →

Inohana amazake festival chichibu

Inohana Amazake Festival or Inohana Sweet Sake Festival is one of those “only in Japan” type of festivals. And even within that category it is one of the more unusual ones. Near naked men, donning only a lion cloth, throw sake at each other. If you are into near nakedRead More →

Chichibu Kawase Festival

Chichibu Kawase Festival and fireworks The festival is on both July 19th and 20th and the fireworks are on the 19th of July. On the 19th the hours are from 1 pm to 10 pm and on the 20th the festival starts from 10 am. The festival was cancelled inRead More →

Poppies in the sky

Chichibu Poppy Festival – In 2020 there were no “poppies in the sky”! The Chichibu Poppy Festival “Poppies in the Sky” was not only cancelled, the flowers weren’t grown. Moreover, the whole area was off limits to the public. Thankfully, in 2021 they are planning to go ahead with theRead More →

Yokoze puppet play

Yokoze Puppet Play – Every May on the second Sunday of the month there is a very special event in Yokoze. The famous puppet play of Yokoze, which is an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Saitama. One person magically operates the puppets in this mesmerizing puppet theater. He uses whatRead More →

Shibazakura Matsuri

Shibazakura Matsuri Chichibu in 2021– In 2020, Hitsujiyama Park had every intention to go ahead with the shibazakura festival. However, when a State of Emergency was declared the event was cancelled. Moreover,  the shibazakura hill was completely closed off to the public in 2020. However, in 2021 they are onceRead More →

Ogano spring festival kabuki

Ogano Kabuki and Ogano Spring festival – Ogano is a very beautiful town in Chichibu district. Unlike many other city and towns that have their main festival in the summer, Ogano’s principal festival is the one they hold in spring. It is a festival rich in traditional performances and culture.Read More →

Minoyama CHerry blossoms

The cherry blossom season of Minoyama in Minano Chichibu usually opens around the 8th of April with best viewing at the end of April. However, this year, like most other places around the Kanto plain, the cherry blossoms are early blooming. The Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms were a whole twoRead More →

Chichibu Muse Park Plum Blossom Festival

Chichibu Plum Blossom Season The plum blossoms in Chichibu tend to bloom a little later than the rest of Saitama. Generally from mid February to mid March. Prime viewing is normally the end of February to early March. The last time we visited the area on March 31st 2019 thereRead More →

Nagatoro wintersweet

The 2021 Nagatoro Wintersweet season is in full swing. Normally the annual Nagatoro wintersweet festival is held from the second week in January to the last week in February. However, this year on account of the State of Emergency they are not having a “festival” per se. But the wintersweetRead More →