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Yorii Hojo Festival and Hojo Food Festival | YORII
May 13 @ 09:00 - 15:00
The 57th annual Hojo Festival in Yorii will take place on Sunday May 13th between 9 am and 3 pm. The festival is celebrated each year in remembrance of the great Hojo battle of 1590. 50,000 spectators will come to see the recreation of the famous battle with about 500 actors in Samurai traditional costume. The battle is renowned, because General Hojo held position at Hachigata Castle with just 3,500 warriors against 50,000 of the Toyotomi army who invaded Odawara in 1590.
There is also a food festival held simultaneously in the same area on the day. The event will be cancelled only if there is heavy rain.
Ten minutes on foot to the Tamayodo riverbank area from JR, Tobu Tojo Line, Chichibu Railway’s Yorii Station. You can get a Steam Locomotive train, the Paleo Express, back to Kumagaya after this festival from the Yorii station on the Chichibu Railway Line. Please note that you would need to book a reserved ticket fast (in advance) to secure a place. From Kumagaya you can get a shinkansen to Tokyo, it takes about 40 minutes.
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**Featured image at top of article from Saitama Prefecture’s official website: https://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/chokotabi-saitama/event/201705/yorii1.html