Kumagaya Uchiwa festival

Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival is one of the Kanto area’s largest summer festivals. It is on from July 20th – 22nd annually. Uchiwa means fan, as in a hand held fan used to cool down in the summer. Therefore, sometimes people call the festival Kumagaya Fan Festival in English. In 2019, theRead More →

Menuma Festival Kumagaya

Menuma Festival Kumagaya City Saitama Japan 2021 – This child friendly festival is held at the Menuma Sports Park on the first Saturday of August annually. It attracts about 10,000 spectators. Menuma Festival On April 8th 2020 it was announced that the festival would be cancelled for 2020 on accountRead More →

Generic fireworks photo for Kumagaya fireworks event information

The Kumagaya Fireworks used to be held in August annually. However, in 2020 they intentionally scheduled them for June, so as not to clash with the Olympics. Then… the pandemic happened! And the 2020 Kumagaya fireworks, like so many other, were completely cancelled. This year they have scheduled them forRead More →

Nogoji Hydrangea in Saitama Prefecture Japan

To help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, Nogoji will be closed to the public from May 29th to July 4th 2021. Please note, that there are several places throughout Saitama that have decided to close to the public this year. Always check with the official source for any lastRead More →

kumagaya sakura and rapeseed

The Kumagaya Cherry Blossoms with rapeseed flowers along the riverbank is one of Saitama’s famous images. The cherry blossom there have been celebrated since the Edo period and the area is listed as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots. The Kumagaya Cherry Blossom Festival was cancelled inRead More →


New Year Event Dezome Kumagaya – One of the many New Year traditions in Japan. This one involves a ceremony of firefighters with an entertaining show that they put on to entertain the audience and simultaneously raise safety awareness. Dezome Kumagaya Contrary to what one might expect, the event isRead More →