Kawajima Town, central Saitama, is celebrating 50 years this year. In celebration of the anniversary there have been several events on this year, particularly this month. This Classic Car Festival seems very apt, given that many of the cars on display will be as old as the town itself! They hosted this festival last year in October too and it proved very popular. In fact, this classic car festival is a travelling exhibition so you can frequently see a display of classic cars at various locations in Saitama Prefecture, particularly in Autumn.
※Unless stated otherwise, the photos in this post were taken at the same festival but at different locations (i.e. not in Kawajima) in Saitama Prefecture. Disclaimer: There are no guarantees that the cars you see in this post will participate in the Kawajima event this October.
(Classic) Car Festival in Kawajima
The official title of the event is “Car Festival in Kawajima”, because this year there will be more than just classic cars. However, the base touring festival is mainly a classic car affair. Last year there were 210 cars on display, this year they are aiming for about 260. The participating car owners come from all over Japan, not just from Saitama. And there are international cars, not just Japanese cars.
You can take photos of the cars, sometimes (but rarely) you are allowed sit in them. But usually the police participate too and they allow you sit in their classic police cars. Some of them have their engines on display as well as displays of information about the cars. There are usually a couple of food and / or handmade goods booths at the festival, but currently there is no additional information available.
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Event: Car Festival in Kawajima
Date: Sunday October 23rd
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Venue: Kawajima Town Hall, 870-1 Shimoyatsubayashi, Kawajima, Hiki District, Saitama 350-0192. View on Google Maps.
By car, the Kawajima Town Hall is about a five minute drive from the Kawajima Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. The town hall’s parking lot is used for the festival so you can’t park there, but there is both a community center and a park beside the town hall that have parking lots. The Autumn roses in the park, home to Japan’s longest rose tunnel, should be in bloom at the time.
Its a little tricky to get to by public transport as there is no train station in Kawajima Town. You would have to get a bus from either Wakaba Station or Kawagoe Station on the Tobu Tojo line. They are very infrequent. The bus from Kawagoe Station that brings you closest is the bus bound for the Konosu Drivers License Center. Alight at “Yatsubayashi” and walk about 20 minutes.
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