Below is a list of the some of the larger, more famous or well attended festivals and fireworks that are scheduled for this Saturday, JULY 30TH. Each place is mapped on a Google Map at the bottom of the article.
Kawagoe Summer Festival
Only 30 minutes from Tokyo, the historic town of Kawagoe is a popular place to experience a typical Japanese summer festival. The festival is celebrated each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July. The festival includes parades, processions, portable shrines, music and dance. There are also many festival stalls with traditional Japanese festival games or selling festival food.
Time: from 2pm on Saturday
Contact: Kawagoe City Tourist Information Office 049-222-5556
Location: Spreads from around Hon Kawagoe Station to the main tourist area by the Bell Tower.
Access: Hon Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Approximately a 8 minute walk from Kawagoe station on the JR Kawagoe and Tobu Tojo Lines.
Ageo fireworks are one of the 10 largest firework displays in Saitama. Approximately 10,000 fireworks will be launched, including “shakudama” 尺玉 which are the largest sized shells. There are starmines as well as fireworks with celebratory messages for birthdays, marriage and good results in tests. These fireworks attract about 160,000 spectators. There are about 50 festival stalls. The fireworks are launched near Riverside Phoenix Golf course, which is a 15 minute bus ride from JR Takasaki Line, Ageo Station. Queries to Ageo Tourist Board at 048-775-5917. You can also view the fireworks from Maruyama Park and Enomoto Farm. The farm usually closes at 5pm, but stays open until 9pm on the day of the fireworks. Parking is free at Enomoto Farm.
Time: from 7pm
Location: Riverside Phoenix Golf course
Access: Bus from JR Takasaki Line, Ageo Station
Koshigaya fireworks are another of the larger firework displays held in Saitama. They attract a huge crowd of about 250,000 people. They have been running for 28 years. Approximately 5000 fireworks will be launched, weather permitting, between, roughly, 19.00 and 20.50. The viewing site is about a 6 minute walk from the east exit of Koshigaya station. There is no parking. The Koshigaya station is crazily crowded after the fireworks finished. You may have to wait a long time to get on a train. The last train toward Asakusa station is at 23.52 and toward Tobu Zoo is 20 past midnight. If you can walk to either Kita Koshigaya or Shin Koshigaya station, you will have a better chance of getting a train out before last train . Queries to Koshigaya Tourist Board: 048-971-9002 or http://www.koshigaya-sightseeing.jp/ You can also view these fireworks from Higashi Koshigaya Dai Ichi Park.
Time: from 7pm
Contact: Koshigaya Tourist Board 048-971-9002
Location: Chuo civic center east side Embankment in Kasai Irrigation Channel
Access: East Entrance Koshigaya Station, Tobu Skytree Line
Saitama City Fireworks
From the official Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau http://www.stib.jp/event/data/oowadahanabi.html
NTT television organise these popular fireworks held annually on July 30th in Owada park in Saitama. The park itself is a 15 minute walk from Omiya Park station on the Tobu Urban Park line. People arrive early to secure a good viewing location. 5,000 fireworks will be launched around 7.30 pm. Displays include starmines and rapid succession type fireworks. Queries to 0180-99-3144. You can also reserve a space for a leisure sheet through that number. It’s 3500 yen for a double sheet, 5000 yen for a family size sheet.
Time: from 7.30pm
Contact: NTT 0180-99-3144
Location: Owada Park, Saitama City.
Access: Omiya Park Station, Tobu Urban Park Line
Summer Festa at Kitamoto
This local festival has been growing year on year. This year they will have taiko drum performances, traditional Japanese dance, festival booths, parades, kids dance, live music and more. http://www.city.kitamoto.saitama.jp/kanko/oshirase/1464744695186.html
Time: 3.30 pm to 9 pm
Contact: Kitamoto Commercial Association 048-591-4461
Location: East side of Kitamoto Station
Access: Kitamoto Station on the Takasaki Line
Wherever you end up this Saturday, have a great time!
To the best of my knowledge this information was accurate at time of research. With all fireworks and festivals (events in general) information is subject to change due to weather and/or mitigating factors.
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