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Water Play Shinrin Park – One of the better (non-swimming-pool) water play areas in Saitama is in Shinrin Park. There are two separate places you can play with water in Shinrin Park, both near the West Gate where most of the children’s facilities are. The “Mori no Oasis” is aRead More →

Kazo City Heiwa Festival

The Kazo Heiwa or Peace Festival is held on May 3rd annually. May 3rd is a national public holiday that falls during Golden Week. The festival is a type of spring festival, but the highlight is the jumbo carp streamer. It is the world’s longest carp shaped windsock. The carpRead More →

Otourou festival matsuri iruma otorou otoro

The Otourou Festival Iruma was scheduled for Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th 2021. However, it has since been cancelled on account of the Coronavirus. Otourou is one of those words that is hard to translate into English. The word is actually “tourou” and the “o” in front isRead More →

Golden week 2020 kodomo no hi koinobori

Kodomo no Hi – Children’s day Japan, also known as Boy’s Day, is a national holiday that is celebrated annually on May 5th. It is the last of four public holidays that comprise Golden Week. There are two symbols of Kodomo no Hi: the “Kabuto” samurai helmet and “Koinobori” flyingRead More →

Nagatoro Wisteria Festival

Nagatoro is one area renowned for wisteria. The area has naturally grown wisterias historically and is referred to as the valley of wisteria. There are about 3000 wisteria trees in the area, with the most famous around the Iwadatami. Iwadatami is also a celebrated natural phenomenon of Nagatoro and hasRead More →

golden week 2020 Japan tokyo free tokyo

Golden Week Golden Week is a group of public holidays that fall at the end of April to early May annually. During an average Golden Week (GW) the entire population of Japan gets out and about at some point during Golden Week. Many people travel from cities where they workRead More →

museum festival

Museum festival – Every year on May 5th the Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore in Omiya (Saitama City) have a small Children’s day Museum Festival.  Children can play with old and traditional toys anyday, but for the festival they have an old fashioned showa period shooting gallery. YouRead More →

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Kawagoe Housing Gallery have a pop up Tomica Plarail play area during Golden Week 2019. It is on between 11 am and 5 pm on public holiday Monday the 29th of April. You need to fill out a small registration form on the day at a dedicated reception tent toRead More →

sakura center

During Golden Week the Sakura Environmental center is having a family friendly eco fortnight! The event will be on from Saturday April 27th until Bank Holiday Monday May 6th, except for Tuesday April 30th when the center is closed. The event is on when the center is open, which isRead More →

shibazakura saitama

Shibazakura Chichibu – The renowned Shibazakura or Moss Phlox of Chichibu’s Hitsujiyama Park come into bloom annually in April and last until early May. In 2020 the Shibazakura festival was cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Initially the park planned to stay open for people to admire the scenery. However, by AprilRead More →