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 →

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 not yet been confirmed as it was too in advance. Generally though the festival is from midRead 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. 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. has been cancelled (August 8th 2020) due to the coronavirus outbreak. The next festival will be in Autumn 2021. Kawagoe Festival The annual Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage Kawagoe festival is one of the largest Autumn festivalsRead 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 →

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 →

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 →

Horo festival Kawagoe – a religious celebration and unique cultural event. This colourful, only in Japan, festival is held at Furuoya Hachiman Shrine in the Furuya area of Kawagoe. The Horo Festival is a Prefecture designated cultural intangible folk property. The festival starts at 1 pm with performances. Around 2Read 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! August 4th: still no update on whether the festival will go ahead this year. August 13th: it wouldRead 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. The start date of the 2020 season is Friday August 7th. ThereRead More →