Kawaguchi Tanabata Festival

Information for the 63rd annual Kawaguchi Tanabata Festival in 2024.

Looking for an early July festival near Tokyo? The Kawaguchi Tanabata Festival is on from Wednesday July 3rd this year. During the period of the festival you can see Tanataba (Star) Festival streamers (as per the featured photo at the top of the post) and festival stalls line the street. In addition, on the evening of Friday July 5th they will have taiko performances.

Kawaguchi Tanabata Festival

Streamers are hung in the lively and distinctive Fujinoichi Shopping Street close to Kawaguchi Station for the Star Festival annually. They actually had this festival in both 2020 and 2022 too. In 2020 in particular, it really was one of only a handful of places in the Greater Tokyo area that you could see some tanabata streamers. The only year the festival wasn’t on was in 2021. As tanabata, star festival, falls on a Sunday this year, they expect the 7th to be particularly busy, and they ask you to bear that in mind when planning a visit.

Information

Event: Kawaguchi Tanabata (Star) Festival 2024 第63回川口七夕まつり

Dates: Wednesday July 3rd to Sunday July 7th 2024.

Time: until 8.30 pm at night except on the 7th when the event will end at 8 pm. The Taiko performances are on the night of the 5th from 6 pm. However, if it is raining and they will postpone them until the following evening.

Cost: there is no fee.

Venue: Fujinoichi Shopping Street, 2 Chome-17-13 Saiwaicho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0016. View on Google Maps.

Access

The Fujinoichi Shopping street ふじの市商店会 is located close North East of Kawaguchi Station. It takes about seven minutes on foot from the station to the shopping area.

Official website

The featured image, at the top of the post, is from the Saitama Prefectural website, where I first learned about this event.

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