Ranzan Autumn leaves from Chokotabi

Ranzan Autumn leaves festival, walk and gourmet at Ranzan Gorge, also referred to as Ranzan Valley. Here’s hoping that ‘third time’s a charm’. The event was cancelled in 2019 after substantial damage from Typhoon Hagibis. And it was cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. The event isRead More →

Splash Festival Tsurugashima

Tentative information for the 2021 Tsurugashima Splash Festival. The 2020 festival did not go ahead on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. The 2021 date has not yet been decided (September 2020). I will update closer to the time. Don’t worry if you missed the excellent Water Fight festival in OmiyaRead More →

Inomata

Inomata Hundred Light festival, or Inomata 108 lights, is one of 312 Important Intangible Folk Properties of Japan. It is held annually on the 15th of August in the Inomata area of Misato in the Kodama District of Saitama. It is the bon ceremony of the town with an approximateRead More →

ageo doro inkyo mud festival

The Hirakata Gion Doroinkyo Mud Festival is not only an “Only in Japan” festival, it is an “Only one of its kind” festival. Due to the uniqueness, illustriousness and rarity of this special event it has been designated an intangible folk cultural asset by Saitama Prefecture. It is held annually onRead More →

Tokigawa Iris Garden

The 2021 Iris Festival in Tokigawa Iris Gardens has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. It was also cancelled in 2021. The Iris bloom in the garden for the month of June. They are relatively near (by car) the lavender fields of Ranzan. Last year I combined a trip toRead More →

Pinwheels Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

Things to see in Kawagoe in Summer, pinwheels display at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine annually in June. Event information for the annual pinwheel display event at the Hikawa Shrine in Kawagoe.Read 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 →

wisteria hanyu saitama

You only have to glance at Instagram to see that the wisteria season is in full swing in Saitama and all over Japan. For many, the emergence of the delicately hanging flowers make up for the end of sakura season. They are one of about a dozen ornamental flowers thatRead More →

Lupine at Shinrin Park

The Lupine flowers have started to bloom around Saitama Prefecture. You can see small displays of them in private gardens and occasionally public places such as parks or shrines. However, there is one location in Saitama where you can see a large display of Lupine (Lupines / Lupinus); Musashi KyuryoRead More →

tulips and cherry blossoms Fukaya Green Center

Fukaya Green Park Fukaya Green park is a small park beside the indoor pool and leisure center Aqua Paradise Patio. The park isn’t particularly big, but it has some beautiful cherry blossoms. Interestingly ANA describes it as a “vast park”, it makes me wonder did we accidentally miss a wholeRead More →