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Kawagoe Festival

(Kawagoe Matsuri)

川越まつり(川越市)

A chance to experience a UNESCO ‘festival’ nearby Tokyo

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 event was canceled and the next event will be 2021.

Date

2021: 16th October (Sat) , 17th October (Sun) — 2 days

*Dates and times have not been confirmed by the organizer.

Time

Time has not been announced but previous years was

(Sat) 13:30~21:00
(Sun) 10:15~21:00

*Dates and times have not been confirmed by the organizer.

Schedule

*All dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.

Cost

Free

You can also rent a traditional Yukata or Kimono (approx 2,000-3,000yen) in the town to blend in with the locals!

How to enjoy the Kawagoe Festival (Kawagoe Matsuri)

Picturesque scenery
(Great for Instagram pics!)

Experience Traditional Japan

Suitable for children

Fun for the family

UNESCO World Heritage

Traveling solo

Enjoy Japanese Street food
(More than 1,000 stalls!)

Enjoy for 1 whole day!

🔥Come and see the Battle of the Floats!
Feel the Japanese 🎉Festival Spirit in a Historical District!

One of the liveliest 🎉festivals in Japan this fall!

Known for its thrilling 🔥“competition” of massive floats, the Kawagoe Festival is held on the third Sunday of October and the day before (Saturday) this year. The bustling festival reaches its climax when the ✨magnificent floats 👏🏻challenge each other along with traditional festival 🎶music performance.

The splendid floats, epic performances, and the ✨lively celebration will surely be a 📷memorable Japanese festival experience! The area is also known as “Koedo (Little 👘Edo)” because of its traditional architecture, adding a unique vibe to this 370-year-old festival!

PLUS 1: More than 1,000 stalls are out on the day, which is one of the most numbers of 🍢🍴stalls for a festival in the whole of Japan❗

PLUS 2: There is a very scary ‘Haunted House Attraction’ near Renkeiji Temple (Google Map) for those who like Japanese horror films. 😱😭😱😭

What to do nearby Kawagoe Festival (Kawagoe Matsuri)

– Local recommendations –

Culture

  • Rent a Kimono and walk around the town
  • Explore the Edo period of town and shops
  • Visit the festival museum (Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan )

Food & Drinks

  • Try from the 1,000 food stalls!

Unique Experience

  • Go into the ‘haunted house’ attraction!

How to get to the Kawagoe Festival (Kawagoe Matsuri)

By Train

From Kawagoe Station (Tobu & JR Lines),

20 min walk.

From Seibu Hon-Kawagoe Station (Seibu Ikebukuro Line)

10 min walk.

By Car

12mins drive from Kawagoe IC on the Kanetsu Expressway ‘E17’ (Kanetsu Jidoshado)

We do NOT recommend driving into town during the festival as many roads will be closed!

Address

Prefectural route 39 (Renjyakucho, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama, 350-1100 Japan)
県道39号線付近 (〒350-1100 埼玉県川越市連雀町)

Festival is all around town, but you can aim for this point below.

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Guinness world record size fireworks at Kounosu Fireworks
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Astonishing beauty of illuminations at Ashikaga Flower Park
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Contact

Any questions about this event?

For information about this event please contact the Tourist Office directly.

Tel: +81 049-222-5556 (Tourist Office)

Email: Please call the tourist office

Web: Festival’s English Website (External Link)

Web: Tourist Office website (English, External Link)

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