setsubun kitain temple

Setsubun Kitain Temple Kawagoe – Setsubun is celebrated annually on February 3rd. (Except in 2021 when it fell on February 2nd for the first time in 124 years!) You can celebrate at home and / or at a setsubun event. Of the setsubun events the mamemaki (bean throwing) ceremony atRead More →

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. However, in 2020 the Autumn Yabusame was cancelled on account of the Coronavirus. Moroyama is the onlyRead More →

The Tanabata Festival (Star Festival) is held from August 4th to August 7th annually in Hikawa Shrine Kawagoe.  They have a Wind Chime event simultaneously. This year, 2020, on account of the Coronavirus they are not opening the religious services to the public, just priests, but they will have theRead More →

godzilla the ride

Seibuen or Seibu Amusement Park is a large amusement park with permanent as well as seasonal attractions in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture. On this blog, the winter illumination and summer pool event posts are particularly popular. The winter illumination at the park is the largest in Saitama Prefecture. It wasRead More →

Hot air balloon ride tokorozawa aviation park

Where can I ride a hot air balloon near Tokyo? The Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park offers the general public the chance to ride in a barrier free hot air balloon at a very special price on fixed dates through the year. On a clear day you can often see bothRead More →

Fujimino cherry blossom festival

Fujimino Cherry Blossom Season – There are approximately 100 cherry blossoms in the Kamifukuoka area of Fujimino city. They are mainly visited by locals.  In a non pandemic year, there is a cherry blossom “festival” in the Kamifukuoka area of Fujimino city. It is not a festival in the typical sense;Read More →

Okanzakura Nissai

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. The event was cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus. And unfortunately, news came in at the end of December 2020, thatRead More →

Shinrin Park Early spring flowers

In a normal year Shinrin Park host one of the longest “spring festivals” that starts in February. Its called “Early Spring Festa”. It is not a festival in the sense of a “matsuri”, but a spring festival celebrating flora and fauna with some seasonal activities and events planned during theRead More →

Tokorozawa dolls festival

Tokorozawa Dolls Festival officially known as Tokorozawa Hina Monogatari from February 14th to March 14th 2021. The Tokorozawa Doll’s Festival Tokorozawa celebrates its doll production history with this “monogatari” festival. Monogatari are described as a narrative tale. They are believed to have developed from oral storytelling of fiction, that evenRead More →

Ogose Plum Blossom Festival

Ogose Plum Blossom Festival – The Ogose Bairin Plum Tree Festival in Ogose Town, Saitama is considered one of the three big plum blossom festivals in the Kanto region. The 2021 festival dates have been confirmed as from February 13th to March 21st. Early March is generally considered the best timeRead More →