Sakado Yosakoi 2020 – For the second year in a row, the Sakado Yosakoi festival has been cancelled. Last year it was due to a typhoon, this year (2020) it is due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The decision was made quite early to cancel the event with confirmation coming throughRead More →

Sakado Yasaka Shrine Summer Festival

Sakado Yasaka Shrine Summer Festival is held annually in July. In 2020 the dates are Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak the event has been cancelled. The festival normally takes place from 2 pm to 8.30 pm each day. Around 45,000 people comeRead More →

sakado outdoor pools

The Sakado outdoor pool is a small local seasonal outdoor water park in the Sakado Sports Park. For the 2020 season the pools were set to open from Saturday July 4th to Sunday September 6th from 9.30 am to 6 pm.  However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak the pools willRead More →

Okanzakura Sakado Nissai Sakura Festival cancelled

Okanzakura Sakado – The Nissai Sakura Festival in Sakado is a relatively new festival in Saitama, although the cherry blossoms have been around for quite some time. This will be the sixth time the festival will be celebrated. The 2020 Sakado Nissai Sakura Matsuri at Kita Asaba Sakura Tsutsumi inRead More →

Sumiyoshi Sakura No sato 2020

Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato is a riverside embankment walk in Sakado City, Saitama, about an hour from Tokyo. Along the embankment there are early blooming cherry blossoms called Kawazuzakura. Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato The 150 Kawazuzakura, a type of early blooming cherry blossom, at Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato were plantedRead More →

Sakado Summer Yosakoi

Sakado Summer Yosakoi, a traditional dance festival, is scheduled for Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th 2019. The festival is held around the Tobu Tojo line Sakado station area. There is usually a couple of children’s performance during the two day period, but last year they were cancelled dueRead More →

Sakado Bamboo Lantern Night festival

The Sakado Bamboo lantern festival is still a relatively unknown off-the-beaten-track festival. Although, it has been around for a few years already – in fact it is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. Last year there were “only” about 3,000 people which sounds like a lot, but it isRead More →

early blooming sakura cherry blossoms at Kita Asaba cherry blossom embankment in Nissai Sakado

We’ve been doing hanami since the start of the year. In January it was under the wintersweet, in February under the plum blossoms. Finally, the one we’ve all been waiting for: cherry blossoms. When I wrote this article in 2019 we had enjoyed Sakura Hanami in mid March thanks toRead More →

Sakado Meiji Chocolate Factory

Meiji Chocolate Factory Tour in Sakado, Saitama Prefecture – commutable from Tokyo. Meiji have seven factories with a free guided tour in the whole of Japan. We are lucky here in Saitama, that not only do we have one, but we have one of the chocolate and snack ones! AndRead More →

Sakado Summer Seasonal Pool Saitama Pools

High on our long list of “must do” during the summer holidays in Japan is visit the local seasonal pool. This year we spent most of our summer holidays in Ireland. We only have a week of Japanese summer to cram in our favorite #summerinjapan things to do. Today wasRead More →