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Boat Ride on Shingashi River at back of Hikawa Shrine | KAWAGOE

March 26, 2017 @ 11:30 - 18:00

This event is not expected to go ahead due to SNOW.Until recent years it was mainly locals and off-the-beaten-track tourists who enjoyed this magnificent event, but nowadays the boat ride down Shingashi river in Kawagoe attracts hundreds, if not thousands from near and far. Due to this reason, you need to queue to get one of the golden tickets that will secure you passage on a short, but FREE boat ride under the blossoms. Before and after the event, you can still enjoy the sight of a man in a festival happi coat and a traditional sugegasa hat driving the boat down the river, but it is only on the 2nd of April 26th MARCH that this event is open to the public. **The date was changed mid March 2017.**

Featured photo is how the blooms looked Thursday March 23rd 2017. I am not very optimistic they will be in full bloom by Sunday!

Please scroll down to the grey box for time and official website. Access details below the photo ↓

More about the cherry blossoms at the back of Hikawa Shrine on this blog.

Boat on the river shingashi

The same as last year: the tickets will be distributed, subject to availability,  in front of the Kita Kominkan on the far side of the bridge to the Hikawa shrine back entrance. The tickets will be distributed to the first 700 customers in line from 9 am on the morning of the ride.  A maximum of 2 tickets will be given to a person in line. Children too small for a life vest are not allowed ride (generally speaking under 6 years old). It is forbidden to queue from the previous night. The place of distribution, Kita Kominkan, is marked on a Google My Map below.  Information on ticket distribution for 2017 has not yet been released. I will update when the information has been confirmed.

Some photos of Shingashi River in 2016.


Hikawa Shrine

Address:2-11-3 Miyashitamachi, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0052

Access from Kawagoe Station

Koedo Kawagoe bus one day pass allows you unlimited travel on the Koedo Kawagoe buses. It costs 300 yen. In the bus they have a monitor with sightseeing information.  Some tourist places give discounts on souvenirs or entrance tickets to people with a one day pass.
Koedo Kawagoe Loop BusKoedo Meguri (Loop) Bus from Kawagoe station. You can buy a one day pass that allows you unlimited travel on the Meguri Bus. It stops at 16 different locations. 104 different shops, offer discount services such as souvenirs, food, and entrance fees to facilities for holders of this day pass. There are announcements in English and Chinese as well as Japanese so foreigners can feel at ease. More information here:

Shingashi River and the free parking area:


Kawagoe Access by train from Tokyo and Omiya

  • 31 minutes from Ikebukuro on a express train on the Tobu Tojo Line. 470 yen
  • 44 minutes from Seibu Shinjuku on a Red Arrow Limited Express. 420 yen for the express ticket, plus base fare.
  • 66 minutes from Shinjuku or 62 minutes from Takadanobaba on Seibu Shinjuku Line.  You can buy one round trip ticket for 700 yen for either of those stations.
  • 54 minutes from JR Shinjuku on a rapid train of the Saikyo/Kawagoe line. 760 yen.
  • 28 minutes on a regular train from Omiya on the Saikyo/Kawagoe Line or 22 minutes on the rapid train.
  • The Fukutoshin and Yurakucho subways connect to the Tobu Tojo line at Wako-shi. Some of them go all the way to Kawagoe (and beyond) too.

Access by Car

About 21 kilometres from Nerima to Kawagoe using the Kanetsu Expressway. The toll for the expressway is about 840 yen.

About 40 kilometres from Hinode using the Ken-o highway. The toll is about 1400 yen.

The featured image is an official photo from Hikawa Shrine’s Facebook page.

More on Hikawa Shrine on this blog:

**PLEASE NOTE, as with all events, changes may occur due to weather or blossom conditions. Please do check the official website for updates before your departure.**

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March 26, 2017
11:30 - 18:00
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Koedo Kawagoe Kankou


Hikawa Shrine
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