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Kawagoe Festival cancelled in 2020

October 17, 2020 @ 10:00 October 18, 2020 @ 22:00

When is the Kawagoe Festival?

The Kawagoe Festival is held annually on the third Saturday and Sunday of October. This year, 2020, that is Saturday October 17th and Sunday October 18th. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak the festival has been cancelled this year.

Kawagoe Festival Photo Competition Winner, from the official website of the Kawagoe Matsuri
Kawagoe Festival Photo Competition Winner 2018, from the official website of the Kawagoe Matsuri

The 2020 Kawagoe festival is currently scheduled to go ahead – June 12th 2020. has been cancelled (August 8th 2020) due to the coronavirus outbreak. The next festival will be in Autumn 2021.

Kawagoe Festival

The annual Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage Kawagoe festival is one of the largest Autumn festivals in Japan. In 2019 they were anticipating a record number of visitors to join in the autumn festival celebration. However, typhoons effected the 2019 attendance. This year 2020 there will be lower attendance figures too, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, as of June 12th 2020, they are still hoping to go ahead with the event.

There are over 1100 festival stalls lining the streets of the historic town, a lot of the food and game stalls are close to Hon-Kawagoe station. The floats and portable shrines parade the streets piping traditional Japanese festival music from late in the afternoon. 

The festival is that big that it is spread out over a large area. The floats are up around the city hall. The festival stalls spread from Hon-Kawagoe station to the main tourist strip at Ichibangai. There are also stalls up the Crea Mall. There is an area for kids to play along here and the best kujibiki for kids:  Fun shopping and Festival Hotspot: Maruhiro | KAWAGOE.

The 2019 flyer was released on August 26th on the official Kawagoe Instagram account. So we probably will have to wait until the end of August 2020 for this year’s flyer. 


Queries to the Kawagoe Tourist office on 049-222-5556. Access from Seibu Shinjuku line’s Hon-Kawagoe and Tobu Tojo Line’s Kawagoe-shi stations. You can also walk from Tobu Tojo Line’s Kawagoe station, it takes about 12 minutes. Map and other links in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.

Kawagoe Festival 2019 information

Kawagoe Festival Floats outside city hall in 2016

You can see the floats outside city hall  on Saturday the 20th between 2 pm and 3 pm.

You can see the floats lit up and being moved around like a dance performance on Saturday the 14th between 6 and 7 pm.

The floats will be paraded around City Hall again on Sunday the 21st between 1.30 and 3 pm.

This year the full day schedules are not yet ready, but here is a 7 page pamphlet from 2018 with lots of information, unfortunately it is in the Japanese language only:

While in Kawagoe, how about trying a foot spa café in a zen garden with beautiful Japanese parasols:

The local guide to cafes in Kawagoe: Part ①

Or rent a kimono for an authentic Japanese experience:

Kawagoe Kimono Toku|【Information Share】

The Kawagoe Festival post appeared in the main section of Saitama With / Without Kids and was moved to the Event Pages in 2016. It is published annually since then.

Kawagoe Ichibangai

kawagoe, saitama 350-0063 Japan
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October 17 @ 10:00
October 18 @ 22:00
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