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Opening of the Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival | KAWAGOE
March 30, 2019 @ 10:00 - 16:00Free
The opening date for the 2019 30th Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival has been scheduled for March 30th from 10 am to 4 pm.
A number of events will take place to celebrate the opening of the Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival on March 30th between 10 am and 4 pm. The spring festival will run until early May. The end date has been set as May 5th.
Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival Opening Ceremony
For this the opening ceremony the area around Ichibangai will be pedestrianized, as such there will be disruptions to traffic, bus routes and parking.
The ceremony itself is usually carried out in Renkeiji around 11 am to just after noon. A marching band will leave from Renkeiji around that time and march up to the top of Ichibangai. There are traditional ladder balancing performances at the Fuda no Tsuji end of Ichibangai in the morning.
There are musket shooting performances at different times of the day at different locations. Generally those performances are in the afternoon. There are street performers around Fuda no Tsuji from noon until about 3 pm. Renkeiji usually has a couple of mini concerts. There are other events planned throughout the day.
The event will still be carried out in the event of light rain, but heavy rain may cause changes or even a cancellation. Please check on the official site for up to date information if it is raining the morning of the festival.
The highly popular boat ride under cherry blossoms on Shingashi river is on the day after the opening ceremony.
That and other events over the course of the spring festival will be added to the events on the Saitama event calendar when the information becomes available.
Access Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival
Nearest station is Hon Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line, which is about a 6 minute walk to Renkeiji. It takes approximately 10 minutes from JR Kawagoe and Tobu Tojo Lines Kawagoe Station.
Limited parking and it is charged by the half hour, usually around 300 yen for half an hour on the weekend.
Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors.