Honjo Gion Festival – This festival occurs every year on the 2 days preceding “umi no hi”, an annual holiday in Japan. However, in 2020 the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. It attracts about 40,000 people. There are 70 stalls. One of the unusual features of this festival is the 雨乞獅子“rainRead More →

Misato Summer Festival Fireworks

The Misato Summer Festival is held annually in the second half of August. Usually on a Friday. There are fireworks at this festival too. They are the 7th most popular fireworks display in Saitama. Approximately 14000 fireworks are launched. Before the fireworks there is usually a show with some performances.Read More →

The Misato “Big Bon” dance festival is held annually on August 11th. It takes place in Niodori Park in Misato City, near Misato Chuo Station on the Tsukuba Express line. The dance festival starts at 4 pm and ends around 8.30 pm. However, in 2020, due to the Coronavirus outbreakRead More →

Yorii Tamayodo Tengu Fireworks and Festival – spectacular setting of lantern floats with the magnificent backdrop of fireworks in this traditional festival that attracts about 70,000 people. There are about 5000 fireworks launched including the Niagara type and starmines.  You can buy festival type food and drinks as there areRead More →

Menuma Festival Kumagaya

Menuma Festival Kumagaya City Saitama Japan 2020 – 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 cancelled in 2020 However, they have already (April 8th 2020) decided to cancel it due to theRead More →

Kumagaya Uchiwa festival

Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival, one of the Kanto (Greater Tokyo) area’s largest summer festivals, is held annually from July 20th – 22nd. Uchiwa means fan, as in a hand held fan used to cool down in the summer. Therefore, sometimes the festival is called Kumagaya Fan Festival in English. Last year, 2019,Read More →

Fukaya Tanabata Festival Saitama

Fukaya Tanabata Festival – also known as the Fukaya Star Festival. The 2020 Fukaya Tanabata Festival was scheduled to take place from Friday July 10th until Sunday July 12th. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak the festival was cancelled.  About 200,000 spectators from Saitama, Tokyo and even further afield, descendRead More →

Generic fireworks photo for Kumagaya fireworks event information

The 71st annual Kumagaya Fireworks were scheduled for much earlier than usual this year so they wouldn’t coincide with the Olympics. The date was June 6th 2020. Normally they are held on the second Saturday of August. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the State of Emergency in SaitamaRead More →

Yorii Hojo Festival

Yorii Hojo Festival The 59th annual Hojo Festival in Yorii was scheduled to take place on May 10th 2020 between 9 am and 3 pm. However, due to the novel Coronavirus Covid-19 the Yorii Hojo Festival 2020 has been cancelled.  The festival is celebrated each year in remembrance of theRead 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. This year, 2020, the tentative date has been set for Saturday April 4th. From Miru Navi website,Read More →