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Asaka City Festival ” Saikasai ” | ASAKA
August 2, 2019 - August 4, 2019Free
Saikasai – Asaka City Festival. Held annually on the first Sunday of August and the preceding Saturday and Friday.
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 (beside Asaka City Library). 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. Some of them are held near Kita Asaka and Asakadai stations. Another highlight of the festival is the 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 middle night of the three day festival, about 9000 fireworks are launched from 19.15 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).
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:
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.
Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors, particularly with the current Coronavirus outbreak.