Gyoda Ukijyo Matsuri or Gyoda Floating Castle Festival
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The Gyoda Floating Castle Festival is held every year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July. No doubt its name is associated with the Oshi Castle which was located in Gyoda City. It is nicknamed the floating castle of Oshi. One of two nicknames; the other being Turtle Castle. Part of the castle was reconstructed in 1988.
Oshi Castle in Gyoda
This sacred rites festival attracts about 55,000 people from all over Saitama and beyond. The Danbe Folk Dance is one of the highlights of this festival. There are also portable shrines, floats, a parade and festival stalls.
3.30 pm to 9 pm
along Route 125 and Gyoda-Hasuda Avenue
1 minute walk from Chichibu Railway Gyodashi Station
Map in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.
For more summer festivals and events in Saitama, please see the main event pages