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. Moroyama is the only place in Saitama where teenage boys perform the yabusame as a cultural riteRead More →

Kawagoe Festival

The 2020 Kawagoe festival is currently scheduled to go ahead – June 12th 2020. Please note that there are likely to be changes to the usual line up. There is also the possibility of cancellation. Kawagoe Festival The annual Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage Kawagoe festival is one of the largestRead More →

Tokorozawa festival

For the second year in a row the Tokorozawa Festival has been cancelled. In 2019 the festival was cancelled last minute on account of typhoon in Hagibis. In 2020 they cancelled the event early on in anticipation of a second or third wave of the Coronavirus outbreak. Official notification. TokorozawaRead More →

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 →

Tokorozawa sunflower

Tokorozawa Sunflower Field and Festival also known as the Mikajima Sunflower fields. The sunflower fields are located in the Sayama Hills area relatively near Kurosuke House where a life sized Totoro lives! Tokorozawa Sunflower Field and Festival The Tokorozawa sunflowers generally bloom from the Obon holiday period and through toRead More →

The Tanabata Festival is held on August 7th annually in Hikawa Shrine Kawagoe.  They have a Wind Chime event simultaneously. The shrine is decorated beautifully with bands of colour from the Tanabata wish strips. You can enjoy the decoration all day and add your own wish to the bamboo trees,Read More →

grape picking tokorozawa vineyard

Grape picking at Tokorozawa Vineyard annually from early August to mid September. There is rarely advance notice of when the season will begin. They will just post on their website when the grapes are ripe enough for picking. In 2020, there is a chance there will be changes in theRead 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. It is usually once a month, but during theRead More →

Kawagoe summer festival, also known as the Kawagoe Million Lights Summer Festival is held at the end of July annually. However, in 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the festival will not go ahead.  Only 30 minutes from Tokyo, the historic town of Kawagoe is a popular place to experienceRead More →

Mizonuma Kids Pool Asaka

The Mizonuma Kids Pool in Asaka will not open in 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The pools are designed for families with small children. There is a toddler and preschooler pool as well as pools for older children. Unlike the prefectural pools which have a number of different pools,Read More →