Pink ribbon light up Saimyouji Kawagoe

Saimyoji Temple in Kawagoe light up their temple at night at different times of the year. The temple light up is in support of and creating awareness of various causes. For example, this post was first published about the light up in solidarity of and fundraising for the people of Turkey, after the Turkey Syria Earthquake in March 2023. But the first light up I went to at this temple, was actually in 2020. For their annual light up event in October for pink ribbon month. They also have light up for coming-out-day, also in October. In addition, they light the temple up in blue for Autism Awareness in April.

Blue Light up for World Autism Awareness Day

In Spring of 2024 the temple will be lit up blue nightly from April 2nd, World Autism Awareness day, until April 8th for Developmental Disabilities Awareness week. There will also be a giant calligraphy performance on Sunday the 7th from 3.30 to 4 pm. Event information on the official Instagram of the temple.

Saimyoji Temple Pink Ribbon Light Up

Temple lit up pink at night in Kawagoe

Annually, for pink ribbon month, Saimyouji have a pink ribbon hanachozu in their largest water font. It has beautiful pink ribbons weaved through the flowers. Moreover, each night they light the temple up pink. The period of light up in 2023 is from October 1st to 29th.

Pink Ribbon Festival

For one day during pink ribbon month they have a pink ribbon festival. In 2023 it is on Saturday October 28th from 3 pm to 6 pm. There is a market on from 3 to 5 pm. They invite breast cancer survivors to a free yoga event (advance application). From 5.30 pm they launch pink colored sky lanterns into the sky. Please follow Saimyouji on Instagram for the most up-to-date information.

Coming-out-day light up

Each year they light up the temple up in rainbow colors for coming out day, which is on October 11th annually. The temple is lit up in one color of the rainbow from 5 pm to 11 pm for the occasion. It changes color every hour, working through six colors of the rainbow from red (first) to purple (last). 

Hanachozu Light Up

Turkey Syria flags lit up at night at Saimyouji temple kawagoe

Saimyoji have hanachozu (water fonts with floating flowers) all year round. There are at least five at any one given time, of which two are a “pair” set – two hanachozu side by side. Each week the theme normally changes for the pair hanachozu. From October 2023 there is also a brand new hanachozu. Furthermore, since spring 2023 they light the hanachozu displays up every night until 9 pm.

Other events / news March 2023

Since the start of the year Saimyoji has a pink ribbon day every month on the 19th. In February of this year they introduced a new hanachozu ‘gacha’ capsule machine in collaboration with a local support facility for people with special needs. Each capsule contains a hanachozu badge, made by members of the support facility. One capsule costs 200 yen. There are six different types, one of which is a surprise!

Saimyouji Temple new flower spot March 2023

Since March 15th 2023 there is a new flower arrangement at the temple, as pictured above. Flowers hang from the temple gate by the pair hanachozu. For pink ribbon month they also have pink ribbons hanging from the display. Saimyoji is also currently participating in a hanachozu photo contest too:


Event: Saimyoji Temple Autism Awareness Light up

Date: From April 2nd to 8th for Developmental Disabilities week

Time: from 6 pm to 9 pm

Cost: a donation

Venue: Saimyoji Temple¹, 61 Ogaya, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-1104. View on Google Maps.

¹I actually normally write the temple name as Saimyouji, but it is often searched for as “Saimyoji” so I have used that spelling mainly in this post. In addition, Saimyouji / Saimyoji is also written as Yokoyamasaimyo Temple (on Google Maps) as well as Saimyouzi (on the official website) and variations of Saimyouji or Saimyo / Saimyou Temple! In Japanese its 瑶光山最明寺 or 最明寺.


The temple is about an 11 minute walk from Nishi-Kawagoe station on the Kawagoe Line. From either Kawagoe, Hon-Kawagoe or Kawagoeshi stations you can get any bus bound for Kawagoe Suijo Koen – 川越水上公園. The temple is within walking distance; located on the east side of Kawagoe Park. There is a car park for the temple, but please note you have to use very narrow residential roads to get to it.

Official website

Saimyoji Facebook page

Editor’s note: for Turkey from Saturday March 11th to Friday March 31st 2023.

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