Below is a list of the some of the larger, more famous or well attended festivals that are scheduled for this Sunday, JULY 31ST.
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 12pm on Sunday
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.
Omiya Summer Festival
This fun and lively festival is ideal for kids as it has a “Children’s Summer Festival Space”. Within that area, which holds up to 500 kids, there are children’s festival games such as hoop throwing, bowling, a quiz corner and more. They also have children’s much beloved kaki-kori (shaved ice). The main festival has parades, mikoshi (portable shrine), live music, dance including yosakoi as well as festival stalls and more.
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Contact: Saitama Tourism and International Bureau 050-5541-8600
Location: Around the West Exit of Omiya Station
Access: JR East, Tobu Railway and Saitama New Urban Transit OMIYA Station
Gyoda Floating Castle Festival 行田浮き城祭り
Held every year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July, this sacred rites festival attracts about 55,000 people from all over Saitama and beyond. The Danbe Folk Dance is one of the highlights of this festival. There are also portable shrines, floats, a parade and festival stalls.
Time: 3.30 pm to 9 pm
Location: along Route 125 and Gyoda-Hasuda Avenue
Access: 1 minute walk from Chichibu Railway Gyodashi Station
This information was accurate at the time of research. As with all fireworks and festivals (events in general) information is subject to change due to weather and/or mitigating factors.
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