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Horo Festival | KAWAGOE

September 15, 2019 @ 13:30 - 16:30


Horo festival Kawagoe – a religious celebration and unique cultural event.

This colourful, only in Japan, festival is held at Furuoya Hachiman Shrine in the Furuya area of Kawagoe. The Horo Festival is a Prefecture designated cultural intangible folk property.

The festival starts at 1 pm with performances. Around 2 pm the Horo arrives. The Horo is paper flowers displayed on 36 bamboo frames carried by a volunteer, as in the photo below. From 3 pm the Horo parades from the shrine.

Image from Yell Kawagoe, which unfortunately stopped publishing in 2015. It was a great website for Kawagoe Local Information. Take a look at the page linked though for some wonderful photos from the festival taken in 2011.

Horo Festival

From Kawagoe Yell, click to be redirected

Horo Festival Information

The shrine does not have an official website, but the official Kawagoe city website has information on their website, which is updated annually.  Or queries to: 049-222-5556. The festival is held on the outskirts of Kawagoe near the Arakawa River, which seperates it from Nishi ward. If you are coming by car it is closer to the rural area of Nishi ward than downtown Kawagoe. The two nearest train stations are Minami Furuya and Sashiogi on the Saikyo and Kawagoe Line.

Things to do in Kawagoe

There are a huge amount of things to do in Kawagoe. You will find over 50 things to do in Kawagoe on this blog as well as 26 things to do with kids in Kawagoe:

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Furuoya Hachiman Shrine
1408 Furuyahongo,
Kawagoe,, Saitama 350-0002 Japan
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