Oct/19 - 20, 2019 Kawagoe Festival4.7
from 10/19 '19 to 10/20 '19
Held for two days on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of October, the Kawagoe Festival is Koedo-Kawagoe ’s liveliest event of the year. Famed for its Kurazukuri (traditional architecture) zone, this city is one of the Kanto Region’s foremost sightseeing spots, and it attracts large numbers of visitors each year.
The Kawagoe Festival's strongest feature is the festival float event which reproduces the ’Edo Tenka Matsuri’ festival. Spectacular festival floats carrying exquisitely crafted dolls are pulled around the center of Koedo-Kawagoe’s landmark Kurazukuri (traditional architecture) Zone. Spectators will be overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the many festival floats as they pass by each other when meeting at an intersection.
The Kawagoe Festival’s biggest highlight: ‘Hikkawase’
As they face each other, the several festival floats compete with each other in a hayashi performance (a traditional Japanese orchestra comprised of flutes, drums, handbells and dancing), cheered on by the excited voices of festival-goers holding aloft paper lanterns.
The excitement reaches its climax with the evening ‘Hikkawase’.
In 2005, the festival was designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property under the title of ‘Kawagoe Hikawa Festival Float Event’
Dates: October 19 & 20, 2019
Rain or Shine
Hours : 10:00～22:00
Venue : Kawagoe City, Saitama
Address : 2-1-10 Motomachi, Kawagoe City, Saitama
Admission : Free
-JINKOSAI Ceremony at Hikawa Shrine, 13:00~
-YOIYAMA Parade 18:00〜19:00
-HASHIGONORI (ladder performances) in front of the Saitama Resona Bank, 18:20~
-HIKKAWASE Battle Performance at various place in the city, 19:00〜21:00
-Festival Floats Parade, 13:30〜16:00
-HIKKAWASE Battle Performance at various place in the city, 18:30〜21:00
Access : Kawagoe Station
PurposeFestivals,should go,easily accessible,thrilling,parade,Traditional folk,night view,shrine/temple,sightseeing,let's hang out!,an eating tour
Airport/Sta.Kawagoe Sta. (about 1.9km) Google Transit