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 →

Konosu dolls' festival

Konosu Dolls’ Festival . Tentative information for Japan’s largest pyramid dolls display at “the surprising dolls festival” in 2021. The Surprising Dolls’ festival with pyramid of traditional dolls, featuring Emperor, Empress and all the figures of the Imperial Court, as well as the ancient paraphernalia, is in Konosu, Saitama.  ItRead More →

Tobu Super Pool

Tobu Super Pool is one of the many offerings from what is officially called the Tobu Hybrid Park, but most commonly referred to as Tobu Zoo park. The pools are officially located in Shiraoka City, but as the vast majority of the Tobu Zoo park is in Miyashiro City theyRead More →

The Urawa Yosakoi Festival takes place annually in July.  However, in 2020 the festival has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. In May, the Saitama Tourism and International Bureau (STIB) announced the cancellation of dozens of summer festivals in Saitama City this year because of the pandemic. Image takenRead 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. The roseRead More →

Azalea Monomiyama Azalea festival

The 8th annual Azalea Festival in Monomiyama in Higashimatsuyama will not go ahead in 2020 due to the coronavirus. Official notification on the Higashimatsuyama city website.  The festival usually includes live dance and music performances in the center of thousands of beautiful azalea. There are 40,000 azalea in the park.Read More →

Tokigawa Peach Blossom Festival

The 20th annual Peach Blossom Festival Tokigawa has been cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19.  2019 information: April 7th 2019 from 10 am to 2.30 pm at Hachimangu Shrine in the Peach Blossom village. Every year, we are absolutely spoiled for choice this first weekend of April for spring andRead More →

Azalea Monomiyama Azalea festival

Azalea Monomiyama Park – In the last week of March (2020) I brought the kids to Monomiyama Park in Higashimatsuyama for an off the beaten path hanami. The cherry blossoms in the park are beautiful, but as they are in quite a remote location (although close to the children’s zoo)Read More →

Ageo Cherry Blossom Festival

The Ageo Cherry Blossom Festival is held in two different locations in Ageo. One is the grounds of the Ageo Bunka (Culture) center and the other is Maruyama park. When my kids were toddlers Maruyama park was one of our favourites for “hanami”, picnicking under a blooming tree, both forRead More →

Hanasaki Park Spring Festival

Kazo Hanasaki water Park Spring Festival is aimed at children and they have lots for them to enjoy. The park is popular all year round, but particularly in the summer due to its outdoor pools, which open from mid-July to August.  They also have a wading river and BBQ duringRead More →