white peony at peony festival yakyu inari

Each year Higashimatsuyama City have two peony festivals – one in Saitama’s largest peony garden and the other in the baseball shrine, Yakyu Inari. This post contains information for the latter, the festival at the beautiful Yakyu Inari shrine, a National Important Cultural Property of Japan since last year (2023). This post is specifically about the Peony Festival. You can find general information for the shrine and all it has to offer, in the main post about the famous shrine.

Yakyu Inari Peony Festival

There are approximately 1300 peony on the grounds of Yakyu Inari, which is also known as the baseball shrine. The founder of Tobu railway donated the peony, in commemoration of the opening of the railway, in 1923. Apart from peony there are also azalea and a stunning wisteria in the garden where the peony grow.

The 2024 festival is on from Friday April 12th to Tuesday May 7th. During the period of the festival they have events on each weekend. Some are cultural events such as shishimai performances or taiko performances, on select dates. There are also dance performances such as Hawaiian dance on select dates. There are usually some food vans in the courtyard and there are additional events organized. Moreover, this year they will have light up for the first time;

Light up

This year Yakyu Inari will light up on the grounds of the shrine for three nights only, in celebration of the designation as a National Important Cultural Property. The shrine will be lit up on Friday April 12th, Saturday April 13th and Sunday April 14th only, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Other places for peony flowers in Saitama

Information

Event: Yakyu Inari Peony Festival

Dates: from Friday April 12th to Tuesday May 7th 2024.

Time: from 9.30 am to 4 pm. Light up is from 6 to 8 pm on the 12th, 13th and 14th of April only.

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: Yakyu Inari, 2 Chome-5-14 Yakyucho, Higashimatsuyama, Saitama 355-0028. View on Google Maps.

Access

The shrine is a five minute walk from the west exit of Higashimatsuyama station which is on the Tobu Tojo line (from Ikebukuro / Kawagoe).

There is always parking for about 50 cars. However, during big events such as New Years and Setsubun they convert the playground into an overflow car park with a further 150 parking spots.

Official website

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