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Asaka City Festival ” Saikasai ” | ASAKA
August 3 - August 5
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. It attracts about 650,000 people and it gets great reviews from local and regular attendees.
The festival is held around the area of Asaka Central Park and Athletic and Baseball stadiums. There are lots of stalls, about 300+ stalls offering festival type food and/or activities. There is a huge variety of attractions including traditional dance, such as yosakoi and various other types of modern and traditional dance. There are numerous live performances, traditional music and so much more. They even have an army parade. There is a water play area for children. The city mascot will be available for some of the time over the three days, you can view the exact and extensive schedule here when it has been updated closer to the time.
On the night of the 5th, about 9000 fireworks are launched from 19.15 They open the stadium in the park 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).
Images below and featured image (at top of page) from the official website:
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.