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Kawase Fireworks and Festival | CHICHIBU

July 19, 2021 @ 13:00 July 20, 2021 @ 21:30

Chichibu Kawase Festival

Chichibu Kawase Festival and fireworks

The festival is on both July 19th and 20th and the fireworks are on the 19th of July. On the 19th the hours are from 1 pm to 10 pm and on the 20th the festival starts from 10 am. The festival was cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. Hopefully it can go ahead in 2021. 

Chichibu Kawase Festival
Chichibu Kawase Festival from the official site in 2015

People come from far and wide to enjoy the cooler temperatures and the celebrations at the 2000 year old Chichibu shrine. Three years ago the figures for the expected number of attendees was 40,000. This year they estimate 90,000 people will attend. There are about 300 festival stalls selling food and/or drink and/or festival goods.

chichibu kawase festival
From the official Chichibu navigation website

Like all good traditional festivals there are floats and a portable shrine. The latter, the portable shrine, is carried down to and in to the Ara River.  The pulling floats are lit up at night with lanterns.

Access Chichibu Kawase festival and fireworks

The festival takes place in different areas in the Banba district of Chichibu city. The Chichibu shrine is the focal point and that is only a 3 minute walk from Chichibu station.

If you are coming by car there is free parking for 300 cars in different locations around the area.

Map, URL and further information in the grey details box at the very bottom of the post.

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July 19 @ 13:00
July 20 @ 21:30
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Chichibu Shrine

Banbamachi, 1−3
Chichibu-shi,, Saitama-ken, 〒368-0041 Japan
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