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 →

Hasuda sunflower field

There will be no Hasuda Sunflower festival in 2020 due to the Coronavirus. The Hasuda Sunflower Field Project posted a very lovely message to say that while they truly regret and are sad there can be no sunflower festival in 2020, they are putting their energy into looking forward andRead More →

Kawajima rose festival rose tunnel wading river

Kawajima Rose Festival – Heisei No Mori Park in Kawajima Town is home to the longest rose tunnel in Japan. It isn’t a huge park, but it is very nice for children. There is a really fun playground and in the summer there is a nice wading river. https://www.instagram.com/p/BjARQI6gJgE/ TheRead More →

Happy Spring Festa Shinrin Park

Every year Shinrin Park* host one of the longest “spring festivals”. They split it into two. The first part “Happy Spring Festival” is from mid February to the first week of April. Part two is the “Happy Spring Festa” which starts around mid April. Normally it runs until the endRead More →

Azalea Monomiyama Azalea festival

The Azalea (Tsutsuji in Japanese) on Monomiyama bloom from around mid April to early May. In fact, its not uncommon to be able to see some azalea as early as end of March. However, the main / prime viewing period doesn’t start until mid April. Higashimatsuyama have not yet announcedRead More →

Tokigawa Peach Blossom Festival

The 21st annual Peach Blossom Festival Tokigawa has been cancelled in 2021 due to Covid-19. This is the second year in a row that the event has been cancelled on account of the pandemic. Even though the festival wasn’t on, I dropped by the shrine in 2020 to check out theRead More →

Horse riding poppy fields

Historically this post was about the Horse Riding event in the Icelandic Poppy Fields of Shinrin Park (Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park), Namegawa Town, Saitama. However, in 2020 and 2021 due to the Coronavirus there is no horse riding events at Shinrin Park. For the record, most of the walkingRead More →

Moroyama Spring Yabusame

Yabusame is the military art of discharging an arrow at a target while riding on a running horse. Each year in both Autumn and Spring Moroyama town celebrates this ancient military art form. The festival in Moroyama has been celebrated for the last 950 years. Moroyama is the only place in Saitama whereRead More →

Koshigaya Plum Blossom Festival

Koshigaya Plum Blossom – The 27th Annual Koshigaya Plum Forest Park Plum Blossom Festival is tentatively planned for Saturday March 6th and Sunday the 7th. However, due to the Coronavirus there is a chance the festival may not be able to go ahead. The festival was cancelled in 2020 dueRead More →

peach blossoms tokigawa

Each year in early April, we are absolutely spoiled for choice for things to see in Saitama. There are so many flowers and blossoms in bloom. And accordingly there are literally hundreds of flower festivals on. Usually the cherry blossoms steal the limelight, but their ‘sister’, the peach blossoms, areRead More →