Information for the Kawaguchi Tanabata Festival in 2023.
Looking for a weekday festival near Tokyo in early July!? The Kawaguchi Tanabata Festival will be on weekdays only this year. As far as I am aware this is just due to the way Tanabata falls this year and not necessarily a pandemic measure. During the period of the festival you can see Tanataba (Star) Festival streamers (as per the photo at the top of the post) and festival stalls line the street. In addition, on the evening of Tuesday July 4th 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.
According to the Instagram of the shopping arcade, where the festival is held, the festival will be on from Monday July 3rd to Friday July 7th:
Event: Kawaguchi Tanabata (Star) Festival 川口七夕まつり
Dates: Monday July 3rd to Friday July 7th 2023.
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 4th from 6 pm. However, if it is raining and they will postpone them until the following evening.
Venue: Fujinoichi Shopping Street, 2 Chome-17-13 Saiwaicho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0016. View on Google Maps.
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 (which hasn’t been updated for 2023 yet, as of June 13th).
The featured image, at the top of the post, is from the Saitama Prefectural website, where I first learned about this event.