Saikasai – Asaka City Festival. This festival is usually held annually on the first Sunday of August and the preceding Saturday and Friday. However, in 2020 it was scheduled for October due to the Olympics. But it was subsequently completely cancelled on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. This year, 2021, it has also been scheduled for October. The Saikasai dates for 2021 are Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd.


Saikasai

Due to all this festival has to offer, plus its proximity to Tokyo, as well as the central location only 5 minutes walk from Asaka station, the Saikasai 3 day festival is one of the biggest of Saitama summer festivals. However, in 2021, it will be held in Autumn due to the Coronavirus. In a “normal” year, it attracts about 650,000 people and it gets great reviews from local and regular attendees. It is unlikely that the festival will be allowed host so many visitors in 2021. Therefore, there are bound to be major changes to the “usual” line up.

Saikasai location

The festival takes place around the area of Asaka Central Park and Athletic and Baseball stadiums (beside Asaka City Library). Normally, there are lots of stalls, about 300+ stalls offering festival type food and/or activities. In addition, in a “usual” year, there is a huge variety of attractions including traditional dance, such as yosakoi and various other types of modern and traditional dance.

There are also normally numerous live performances, traditional music and so much more. Some of the events are held near Kita Asaka and Asakadai stations. Another highlight of the festival is the army parade. Furthermore, there is a water play area for children. In addition, the city mascot visits occasionally over the three days. You can view the exact and extensive schedule here when it has been updated closer to the time.

On the middle night of the three day festival, they normally launch about 9000 fireworks (7.15 pm). However, it is not yet known if they will have fireworks in 2021. They open the stadium in the park (pictured above) before the fireworks so it is possible for everyone to get somewhere to sit and enjoy the show. (Thanks to C.S and A.N for the information).

Saikasai Access

The festival can be accessed from both Tobu Tojo line Asaka and Asakadai stations or the Kita Asaka station on the JR Musashino Line. The majority of the events are nearer Asaka station.

Images below and featured image (at top of page) from the official website:

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Festival and firework information in English at the official website here . Japanese information here.

For more summer festivals and seasonal events in Saitama please see the main events calendar.

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