the first ever Sai no Kuni Rose and Gardening Show at Shinrin Koen Heritage Hotel Kumagaya

This May, the first ever Sai no Kuni Rose and Gardening show is on in Kumagaya City for eight days. To be honest, on paper, this new gardening show reminds me greatly of the International Rose Festival and gardening show that used to be on in Tokorozawa annually until 2018. And like that former rose festival and gardening show, you have to pay into the venue, which is outlined below.

Sai no Kuni Rose and Gardening Show

Sai no Kuni Rose and Gardening Show Kumagaya

The eight day Sai no Kuni Rose and Gardening Show, an exhibition and contest, is on at Kumagaya (Shinrin Koen) Heritage Hotel, from Saturday May 18th to Sunday May 26th 2024. In preparation for the event, the hotel have created a garden chapel with rose garden on the vast grounds of the resort hotel. Approximately 100 hanging baskets and container gardens are on display in cooperation with the Saitama Branch of the Japan Hanging Basket Association. In addition, with cooperation with the Japan Federation of Landscape Gardening Associations, there will be several different flower displays. They also plan to sell handmade items, local products, flowers and plants, etc. In addition, they will have live performances each day, mainly music, but some dance performances too.

A photo from the event by Saitama Newspaper, May 18th 2024:

Sai no Kuni Rose and Gardening Show

Heritage Hotel

Glamping at Shinrinkoen Heritage Hotel where the first ever Sai no Kuni Rose and Gardening Show will be held

The Heritage Hotel is well regarded, my family and I certainly like it, and it is where the Imperial Family stay when they visit Saitama Prefecture. In recent years, it is officially called the Shinrin Koen¹ Heritage Hotel, but is often referred to as Kumagaya Heritage Hotel. If you want to make a night of it, they have a special package for people coming to the gardening show. You can either stay in the hotel or in their pool side glamping cabins. Please note the pool is currently not in operation. Furthermore, they have a fully equipped RV park on the hotel grounds, if you want to stay in your car! But you need to book in advance. They have an hot spring on the grounds too.

Please note, that although it is called Shinrin Koen Heritage Hotel, it is not particularly near Shinrin Park! It would take you about an hour to walk to the park from the hotel! But they are only seven to ten minutes apart in a car.


Event: the first ever Sai no Kuni Rose and Gardening Show 第1回 彩の国 バラとガーデニングショー

Dates: from Saturday May 18th to Sunday May 26th 2024

Time: from 10 am to 5 pm, last entry at 4 pm.

Cost: 1200 yen entry fee on a weekday, 1500 on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday). High School and university students can enter for half price. Tickets cost 200 yen cheaper if bought in advance.

Venue: Shinrin Koen Heritage Resort, 228 Oegawa, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0103. View on Google Maps.


They have a hotel bus for guests of the hotel, but they don’t have the same service for day trippers. However, there is a bus you can get from the North Exit of Shinrinkoen Station, bound for Fukaya Hanazono Premium Outlets, that stops at the hotel. The timetable is above.

If you come by car, there is parking. Surprisingly, they are charging 1000 yen for the parking lot. The hotel is about a twenty minute drive from the Higashimatsuyama Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway. Head North on route 250 and keep left for route 47.

Official event page.

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