Honjo Gion Festival from the Honjo Sightseeing Association

Honjo Gion Festival – This festival normally occurs every year on the 2 days preceding “umi no hi”, an annual holiday in Japan. However, in both 2020 and 2021 the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Hopefully the event will be able to go ahead in 2022. The featuredRead More →

Festival lanterns

This annual “mikoshi” (portable shrine) festival occurs in the kodama area of Honjo City. It is usually on the same weekend as the Honjo Gion Festival, the weekend of “umi no hi”. Umi no Hi is an annual holiday in Japan. Unlike the Honjo Gion Festival, the Kodama Summer FestivalRead More →

taishi lotus at Honjo park from the Honjo Tourism association

With summer holidays around the corner, it has me thinking about places to bring the kids. In a “normal” year we visit Ireland for the whole of summer. However, due to the pandemic, we have been confined to Japan the last two years. As we are avoiding indoors at allRead More →

Saitama Cherry Blossoms Honjo cherry blossoms

Honjo Cherry Blossoms – The Wakaizumi area of Honjo has three parks, Wakaizumi Dai Ichi, Dai Ni and sports park, which together run a cherry blossom festival one day of the sakura season. However, in 2021 the festival is unlikely to go ahead. However, the blossoms are blooming! They startedRead More →

Honjo Illumination

Honjo Illumination – Located within walking distance of the Honjo Waseda station, the Marigold Hill night illumination is ranked by Jorudan as the tenth most popular spot for night illumination in Saitama Prefecture. Honjo Illumination The night illumination starts after the marigold blooming period is over, usually on November 23rdRead More →