Kawagoe, a town of beautiful storehouses, holds it’s annual festival for two magical, glittering days! “The Kawagoe Festival” (Saitama)【MOVIE】

【 CONTENTS 】The Kawagoe Festival is held on the third weekend in October each year in the city of Kawagoe, Saitama PrefectureThe sound of traditional festival music, graceful dancing, and festival floats that never fails to impress!The festival climaxes after night falls, offering many more times the beauty and funMap The Kawagoe Festival is held on the third weekend in October each year in the city of Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture Known as “Little Edo” from the old days, Kawagoe is a beautiful city famous for its streets with their traditional storehouse style buildings. Only an hour or so by train from Tokyo, many tourists, including many foreign travelers, visit the […]

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The Kawagoe Festival


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The Kawagoe Festival is held on the third weekend in October each year in the city of Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture

Known as “Little Edo” from the old days, Kawagoe is a beautiful city famous for its streets with their traditional storehouse style buildings. Only an hour or so by train from Tokyo, many tourists, including many foreign travelers, visit the town each year. In addition, Kawagoe becomes particularly vibrant on the third weekend of October each year when the Kawagoe Festival is held.

The Kawagoe Festival

The sound of traditional festival music, graceful dancing, and festival floats that never fails to impress!

The Kawagoe Festival grew from a parade of festival floats, which was held to coincide with the regular festival at Hikawa Shrine in Kawagoe with it’s history of over 360 years. The festival floats are about eight meters tall, higher than most rooftops in the area. Groups of musicians playing flutes, drums, and hand bells, along with dancers, ride on the floats performing graceful traditional dances. No one ever fails to be impressed by the 29 floats that move throughout Kawagoe’s streets, barely being able to make their way past the eaves of the storehouse style housing.

The Kawagoe Festival

The festival climaxes after night falls, offering many more times the beauty and fun

As night falls, paper lanterns are lit up and the festival floats magically become even more beautiful. The highlight is the “hikkawase”, which unfolds at every intersection on Chuo Dori Avenue (the street of storehouses). When the festival floats approach each other, they turn their stages to face one another and a dancing competition commences. At the same time, the paper lanterns from the crowds gathered around the festival floats’, bob and dance wildly.
Knowing it’s such a magical and beautiful festival that has been celebrated for more than 360 years, I am filled with an indescribable feeling that transcends time.

Please take a look at a video produced by Tadaima Japan in 2013.

The Kawagoe Festival

The Kawagoe Festival

■Date
Held on the third Saturday and Sunday of October each year
In 2015, it will be held on Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th.

The Kawagoe Festival

The Kawagoe Festival

The Kawagoe Festival

Map

3-11-2 Miyashitamachi, Kawagoe, Saitama Pref.

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Address 3-11-2 Miyashitamachi, Kawagoe, Saitama Pref.
Access Take a bus from JR’s Tobu Tojo line “Kawagoe” station, or Seibu Shinjuku line “Hon-kawagoe” station .【From Kawagoe】 ・Tobu bus No. 7 “Miyashitamachi” stop ・ 5 min from Tobu bus No.1 “Kitamachi” stop ・ Koedo-junkai bus “Hikawajinja” stop 【From Hon-kawagoe】 ・Tobu bus No. 5 “Miyashitamachi” stop ・ 5 min from Tobu bus No.1 “Kitamachi” stop ・ Koedo-junkai bus “Hikawajinja” stop