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 →

Hanno Hina

Hanno Hina – Almost every city and town in Japan display hina dolls for the dolls festival leading up to girls day, March 3rd, annually. But some towns or cities celebrate the dolls festival in a bigger way. In Saitama the four cities best known for their dolls festival hinaRead More →

Konosu dolls' festival

Konosu Dolls’ Festival . Japan’s largest pyramid dolls display at “the surprising dolls festival” will not be on show in 2021. It will go ahead on the dates it was initially scheduled for: February 19th to March 6th in Elumi Mall in Konosu. When the State of Emergency was extended,Read More →

Seitenkyu Sakado temples and shrines

Shrines and Temples – and a couple of other things to do – near the early blooming cherry blossoms of Sumiyoshi Sakura no Sato in North Eastern area of Sakado. Please note that the cherry blossoms do not bloom every year. You can check for their status on the SumiyoshiRead More →

Plum blossom at Omiya Hana no Oka

Park in Saitama City with flowers every month of the year Omiya Hana no Oka Omiya Hana no Oka is a park that is straddled across the cities of Saitama and Ageo. It is under the jurisdiction of Saitama City, but feels more like rural Ageo. It isn’t a particularlyRead More →

daffodils satte saitama

Daffodils in Gongendo Park, Saitama January 2021 Daffodils Saitama There are a few places renowned for their daffodils in Saitama, but I think Gongendo park is probably the best known of them all. It is one of the larger displays anyhow, with half a million daffodils grown in the parkRead More →

Denjiro's Science Show

Denjiro ‘s fascinating science show in Koshigaya on January 11th 2021, rescheduled from May 15 2020. Many of you will be familiar with the genius scientist, Yonemura Denjiro, who appears on national TV frequently with his funny, wacky and fascinating science experiments. On January 11th 2021 there is a rareRead More →