Fukaya Tanabata Festival 2018
– also known as the Fukaya Star Festival. About 200,000 spectators from Saitama, Tokyo and even further afield, descend on Fukaya to witness the magnificent colours of thousands of tanabata
streamers. There are different highlights for each day of the 3 weekend celebration of Tanabata
. Usually there are about 250 festival stalls selling traditional festival food and drink, as well as some with festival games.
On the Friday the festival starts from 3 pm, but Saturday and Sunday it starts from 10 am. It runs until about 9 pm each night.
Like most of Saitama’s summer festivals, this event has no entry or participation fee.
Image from the Fukaya Tourism website
Fukaya Tanabata Festival Access
The Fukaya Tanabata festival takes place close to Fukaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line on Naka cho, Honjo machi, and Inari cho.
They advise to come by public transport where possible, but there are some car parks available if you come by car. You can park at the city hall and Fukaya for free plus there are also a number of coin parking lots near the main festival area.
Flyer from the official website
For more events in Saitama, please see the main events calendar