Yorii Summer Festival, not to be confused with the much larger Tamayodo Suitenguusai Fireworks and Festival
in August, is a mikoshi (portable shrine) festival. It attracts about 5000 local spectators. It is held annually in July. Generally it is held on the second Saturday and Sunday of the month, but this year it is the first Saturday and second Sunday: July 7th and 8th. Like most festivals of its type, there is no entrance fee.
Mikoshi at the Yorii Summer Festival
is a type of palanquin or portable shrine. They weigh tons taking dozens of people to work together to lift and carry them through the streets. You bear the weight on one shoulder while lifting with your hands.
Bearers of the portable shrine generally wear a happi
headband and tabi
At the Yorii Summer Festival they have the regular mikoshi
parade as well as a mikoshi
carried by women only and one for children too. There are six mikoshi
Yorii Summer Festival Times
On the Saturday the festival starts from about 4 pm. On Sunday it starts and ends earlier; 12.30 to about 5 pm.
Yorii Summer Festival Access
The festival is held in the vicinity of the JR / Tobu Tojo / Chichibu railway’s Yorii Station.
By car it is 10 minutes from the Hanazono exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.
Map in the grey details box at the very bottom of the post.
For more events in Saitama please see the main events calendar.
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