Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival

熊谷うちわ祭 (熊谷)

Experience the excitement of the largest Gion Festival North of Tokyo

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We're sure this is happening, but 2023 dates and times are not confirmed.


2023 : July 20th (Thurs) -22nd (Sat)

*Please note that the dates and times have not been confirmed by the organizer.

Festival Times & Schedule

20th : 6 pm to late evening – Festival floats and Traditional Japanese Taiko drumming
21st : 1 pm to late evening – Festival floats and Traditional Japanese Taiko drumming
22nd : 8pm to midnight – Festival floats and Traditional Japanese Taiko drumming

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



How to enjoy the Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival​ ?

Picturesque scenery (Great for Instagram pics!)

Experience Traditional Japan

Enjoy food stalls

Enjoy for half a day

Fun for a group

Fun single traveler

🔥Now THAT’S What We Call Japanese Summer!👘

Hailed as the biggest Gion festival in the region, 🔥Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival  attracts hundreds of thousands of people ☀️every summer. This 3-day-festival is said to have started in the 👘Edo period and is especially known for its 👏🏼massive floats and 🔥powerful drumming performances.

The floats are carried out from 👘Atago Yasaka Shrine on the first day, and are proudly shouldered through the town at various times across 3 days. Don’t miss the fierce 🔥taiko drumming competition at around 8pm on the 3rd day! The festivities won’t stop all evening until the floats are safely returned to the shrine at 2am!

Try out the 🍡food vendors, 📷follow the exquisite floats, and witness the 💥festive matsuri-spirit bring the people together!

What else to do nearby Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival​?

Relax at an Onsen Glamping facility

Access (How to get to Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival​)

From Tokyo


Areas around Yasaka Shrine and Kumagaya Station

Atago Yasaka Shrine: 44 Kamakuracho, Kumagaya City, Saitama Pref. 360-0046
Kumagaya Station: 2 Chome-115 Tsukuba, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0037

愛宕八坂神社 〒360-0046 埼玉県熊谷市鎌倉町44

By Train

Kumagaya Station (JR Takasaki Line, Joetsu & Hokuriku Shinkansen)

Travel to Kumagaya Station and the festival won’t be hard to miss.

Use the Japan Transit Planner to find trains.

By Car

Approximately 20 minutes from the Higashi-Matsuyama IC on the Kan-etsu Expressway. (Using public transportation is highly recommended given traffic restrictions and limited parking spaces during the festival)

Contact Details (Event Organizer)

For information about this event please contact the Kumagaya Tourism Association directly.

Tel: +81 048-594-6677

Email: Contact via Email (External Link)
Japanese Event Website  (External Link – Japanese)

Japanese Event Website  (External Link – Japanese)
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