One of the 'hanachozu' at Sakitama Shrine, by day, with mini 'Haniwa' (Photo: Lynda Hogan)

Light of Hope

A monthly light up event in Gyoda City

Lynda Hogan   - 2 min read
When : Early Jul 2022

Each month in Gyoda City dozens of locations participate in a floral water font "hanachozu" event by displaying hanachozu at their premises. The event is called the hanachozu week, but you can actually see the floral fonts for two weeks each month. During that period for one night, only three of the locations also have a light-up called Light of Hope. It is generally on the first Saturday of the month.

For the Light of Hope event, Oshi Castle is lit up at night and Gyoda Hachiman and Sakitama shrines light up their floral fonts. Lights go on at dusk and stay on until 8 pm (or 8.30 pm when there are no restrictions due to the pandemic).

2022 Dates are as follows:

January 15th

February 5th (canceled)

March 5th (canceled)

April 2nd

May 7th

June 4th

July 2nd

September 3rd

October 1st

November 19th

December 3rd

Getting there

The nearest station is Gyodashi station on the Chichibu Tetsudo line. It is quite a walk to some of the locations from the station, so comfortable shoes are advised! If you are coming by car, there is free parking at several locations including at the Gyoda City Hall, Sakitama Shrine and Gyoda Hachiman Shrine. Hachiman Shrine parking is plentiful with four different parking lots.

Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan @lynda.hogan

Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog insaitama.com for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experien...