omiya nisshin tanabata

The Omiya Nisshin Tanabata Festival is one of several “Omiya Summer Festivals”. It is held annually on tanabata, August 7th*, and the preceding day – tanabata eve! However, in 2020 all of Saitama City’s summer festivals have been cancelled on account of the coronavirus outbreak. Official notification of cancellation. *TanabataRead More →

Samba Festival Soka

Spark Carnival – The 33rd annual spark carnival, one of a collective of Omiya Summer Festivals, was due to be held on August 1st 2020. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the carnival was cancelled along with dozens of other festivals in Saitama City. The carnival is generally held onRead More →

Sunflowers kawajima

Sunflowers in Kawajima at the Shimoyatsubayashi flower field and Lotus Flowers in Heisei No MoriKawajima July 2020 Sunflowers bloom in Japan from as early as the end of June until as late as early September. In Saitama Prefecture, generally you can see sunflowers from mid July. Some places grow themRead More →

Hanyu Summer Festival

The Hanyu Tennosama summer festival has a history of almost 400 years. It is celebrated annually in July, usually in the middle of the month. It is a portable shrine “mikoshi” festival. In 2020, the festival was scheduled for Saturday July 11th. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak the festivalRead More →

Yono summer festival

Yono is an area within Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture. Each area within Saitama City has their own summer festival. And often there own fireworks too. The Yono Summer Festival (Yono Natsu Matsuri) is normally on the second weekend of July. This year, 2020, the festival – along with dozens ofRead More →

summer in Saitama 2020

Summer in Saitama 2020 – Things are a lot different this summer in the shadow of the Coronavirus outbreak. For one, summer holidays are much shorter for most people, whether you are a child or an adult. Then of course there is the fact that the majority of our belovedRead More →

Wading river and splash pool at Saitama Children's Zoo saitama children's animal nature park

Wading pool Saitama Children’s Zoo – It is hard to believe it is already the time of year for wading pools and rivers. However, this year is quite different with the coronavirus. Normally, the wading / splash pool in the Children’s Zoo opens for the season during Golden Week. ButRead More →

Miyashiro Town Festival

The 35th annual Miyashiro Town Festival will be held on the weekend of August 25th. On both the Saturday and Sunday the festival runs from 10 am to 8.30 pm. In 2019 the dates were the 17th and 18th of August for the 36th annual Miyashiro festival. The area around theRead More →

ranzan summer festival 2019

The Ranzan Summer Festival is a traditional festival with mikoshi (palanquin or portable shrine) pictured above. There are also performances, dance, music and festival stalls. Ranzan summer festival welcome all to join in the mikoshi bearing. If you would like the experience of bearing a mikoshi, please contact the numberRead More →

Omiya East Festival

Never fear if you missed the Omiya West exit Omiya festival, the Omiya East side also throw an annual festival as part of the Omiya Summer Festivals. It is the 23rd occurrence of the annual festival! It will be held in the afternoons and evenings of the first Friday andRead More →