this weekend in saitama february 9th and 10th

I have reintroduced “This weekend in Saitama”, by request, on a trial basis. You can of course find an event at anytime through the events calendar. To save time, I am sharing the pick up events from the event calendar. You don’t have to click into the event to see the date, time, cost and location. But if you click through it has further information such as access details.

What’s on in Saitama this weekend?

This weekend in Saitama, February 9th and 10th 2019. A choice of 10 events on in Saitama this weekend:

Traditional Events

🎎Hina Matsuri Tokorozawa Dolls Festival 2019

Iwatsuki maybe the most famous doll producing town in Saitama, but Tokorozawa also has a doll making history. And they celebrate the dolls festival for a month starting on February 9th:

🎎Hina Dolls Display at heritage house

There are a number of heritage homes and museums that exhibit hina doll displays for the lead up to girls day. One of the earlier ones is Toyama Memorial Museum in Kawajima:

Character Event

🐱Hello Kitty Meet and Greet

An opportunity to get your photo taken with Japan’s favourite talking cat!:

💖Hello Kitty Valentine Mini Live

Or how about a free live stage show with Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel:

Pop Up Events

🎀Ribbon Marche Pop Up Play area

The travelling pop up play area is back in Peony Walk in Higashimatsuyama for the whole of the long weekend:

☕Hamtaro Pop Up Cafe

We rarely have pop up cafes in Saitama, but we currently have a Hamtaro Pop Up cafe in Koshigaya:


🍓Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking is in full swing now and this weekend is prime picking time. Some of the strawberry picking farms will only open until the end of February, although most will run until May. Find a strawberry picking farm near you:

Spring Festivals

🌷Happy Spring Festival

Shinrin Park’s annual spring festival starts on February 9th. The witch hazel and snowdrops should be in bloom:


🔦Cocoon City Illumination

Cocoon City Illumination is one of at least three night illumination displays that will be switched off on Valentine’s day. The illumination in the neighbouring Keyaki Hiroba will also finish on February 14th.

🔦Kawaguchi Illumination

This year Kawaguchi’s illumination is bigger than ever. This is the last weekend it will be up and on as, like the two in Saitama Shintoshin, it will be switched off on Valentine’s day:

This is just ten of the events on this weekend. You can find twice that in the events calendar. You can also find upcoming events for the rest of February, March… right the way up to July! Check it out!

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