higashimatsuyama samba carnival

Samba Carnival in Higashimatsuyama The Higashimatsuyama Samba Carnival is an annual festival held close to the Tobu Tojo Line Higashimatsuyama station. Due to the situation with the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 date and details have not yet been confirmed. There is a high likelihood that the event will be completelyRead 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 →

Yakyu Inari Mikoshi at the Higashimatsuyama Summer Festival

Celebrated annually on the 4th Saturday and Sunday of July, the Higashimatsuyama Summer Festival combines an older festival, Hachiman Shrine Tenno Sama festival, and a modern twist of it, Tenno Sama Summer festival. Around 80,000 people attend over the two day period. Unfortunately in 2020 the event will not goRead More →

zoo reopening and Quokka

The Saitama Children’s zoo is reopening on Monday 22nd of June, but with new hours and conditions as per the “new way of life”! Since its closure there’s been a couple of changes and a new and very special addition to the zoo. The zoo is now home to fourRead More →

Wading river and splash pool at Saitama Children's Zoo saitama children's animal nature park

Wading pool Saitama Children’s Zoo – It is hard to believe it is already the time of year for wading pools and rivers. However, this year is quite different with the coronavirus. Normally, the wading / splash pool in the Children’s Zoo opens for the season during Golden Week. ButRead More →


Peony Festival in Botanen, Higashimatsuyama There are two famous Peony festivals in Higashimatsuyama. One in the gardens beside Yakyu Inari (the baseball shrine)  and one in Botanen park.  Botanen park has approximately 6000 peonies. The park is usually free to enter, but during the Peony flower festival they charge 500Read More →

Azalea Monomiyama Azalea festival

Azalea Monomiyama Park – In the last week of March (2020) I brought the kids to Monomiyama Park in Higashimatsuyama for an off the beaten path hanami. The cherry blossoms in the park are beautiful, but as they are in quite a remote location (although close to the children’s zoo)Read More →

ema market

The Batou Kannon Ema market is an only in Japan festival. Actually, there are only a few places in Japan that have an ema festival or market. Ema are the wooden prayer plaques you see at temples and shrines. Ema Market The ema market is referred to as ema-ichi inRead More →

The new eco hauchu small animal enclosure at the saitama children's zoo animal nature park

New at / news for the Saitama Children’s Animal Nature Park, Autumn 2019. Saitama Children’s Animal Nature Park is the official name for Saitama Children’s Zoo, a 46 hectare zoo in the hills of Iwadono in Higashimatsuyama. Saitama Children’s zoo is one of the top attractions of the prefecture andRead More →

Higashimatsuyama Halloween

Halloween Higashimatsuyama – Organised by a Non Profit Organisation, the Halloween walk in Higashimatsuyama is a free family event. It is a proper Trick or Treat event. Each year they have a number of events in conjunction with the walk, such as face painting and stage events. A couple ofRead More →