konosu summer festival

Konosu Summer Festival. A festival with more than a hundred years of history on one of Japan’s most famous trails – the Nakasendo. Twelve “mikoshi”, which are a palanquin or portable shrine, are carried 3 kilometers down a pedestrianized area near Konosu station. There is a children’s mikoshi event too. FeaturedRead More →

Konosu Poppy Fields

Kounosu Flower Festival – The poppy festival that is held annually in Konosu is quite well known, but they also have other flowers and flower events around the same time. Hence overall the festival is referred to as a flower festival, not just a poppy festival. In 2020 on accountRead More →

yellow tulips konosu

The 2021 Tulip Festival at Hana no Oasis is on Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th from 9 am to 3 pm. The Hana no Oasis is supposedly the birth place of flower production in Konosu! Each year volunteers plant 40,000 tulips at Hana no Oasis in Konosu. TheRead More →

Motoara River Cherry Blossom Festival

The Motoara River Cherry Blossom festival in Fukiage is another of Saitama’s well known locations for hanami (cherry blossom festival). Especially with locals. The festival is also known as the Fukiage Cherry Blossom festival. The Motoara River in Fukiage may not be in the top 100 spots to view cherry blossoms,Read More →

adomani cafe konosu

Al fresco dining in Saitama Prefecture, at Adomani Cafe in Konosu With the Coronavirus still in our midst, I’ve never been so interested in “al fresco dining”. Amazingly, it is not as popular in Japan as you would expect. Therefore, it is quite hard to find a good restaurant withRead More →

Mask wearing hina dolls holding disinfectant!

There is a lovely little Hina dolls display at Kakyu no Sato in Konosu. What encouraged me to go visit was seeing photos of the mask wearing hina on Instagram! However, it was a pleasant surprise to find several other cute and unique hina dolls. Kakyu no Sato Saitama PrefectureRead 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 →

Cosmos Festival

Cosmos Festival in Konosu The Cosmos Festival in Konosu normally takes place toward the end of October. However, this year – 2020 – on account of the Coronavirus outbreak the event has been cancelled. Official notification of cancellation here (click). Each year to mark the blooming of 12,000,000 cosmos in theRead More →

Konosu fireworks image for blog post

Update September 11th 2020: the 2020 Konosu fireworks have been postponed. The new date has not yet been decided. I will post it here and update this event post when the information becomes available. Update April 2020. Normally at this time of the year the Konosu fireworks committee start toRead More →

Railway Carriage Restaurant Mustard Seed Gyoda

Railway Carriage Restaurant Mustard Seed, Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture. I didn’t have an opinion on trains one way or another until I came to Japan. But, as happens to so many after spending sometime in Japan, I jumped on the train-loving-train and never got off! I have a fascination withRead More →