Light of Hope

A monthly light up event in Gyoda City

By Lynda Hogan    - 1 min read
When: Wednesday - Feb 2nd 2022
While this event is confirmed, coronavirus (COVID-19) measures may result in sudden cancellation, postponement or changes to the event format (eg online only). While we do our best to keep our listings updated, please check the official event website for the latest info.

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 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). The dates for the 2021 fiscal year (April 2021 to March 2022) are:

  • April 3rd
  • May 1st
  • June 5th
  • July 3rd
  • August 7th - however this date is cancelled due to the State of Emergency
  • September 4th - also cancelled due to the State of Emergency
  • October 2nd
  • November 20th
  • December 4th
  • January 15th
  • February 5th
  • March 5th

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.

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Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan @lynda.hogan

Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog 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 experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.  Be sure to stop by my website where you will find 600 things to do in Saitama and 400 active events! 

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Sherilyn Siy 4 months ago
An appropriate event name during a pandemic that feels never ending.
Lynda Hogan Author 4 months ago
We need all the light and hope we can get. :-)