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Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival | KUMAGAYA

July 20, 2019 - July 22, 2019

Kumagaya Uchiwa festival

Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival, one of the Kanto (Greater Tokyo) area’s largest summer festivals, is held annually from July 20th – 22nd. This year, 2019, it will be bigger and busier than ever, as it falls entirely on the long bank holiday weekend for the first time in years.

Image taken from the official website: Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri

An “uchiwa” is a type of Japanese fan, a much-needed accessory at this time of year in Japan. This festival stems from a custom of distributing free fans in the retail district, that started roughly 100 years ago. It attracts about 750,000 making it one of the biggest festivals in the month of July. There are over 300 festival stalls, Summer Walker** claims 700! (**Amazon Affiliate Link)

About the Festival

Kumagaya is one of the host cities for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Kumagaya City is located in northern Saitama Prefecture, and had been flourished as a post station on Nakasen-do Road in Edo era. The bank of Arakawa River which flows through the city is called “Kumagaya Sakura Zutsumi”, and has been known as a place famous for cherry blossoms since Edo era and also selected as one of the “Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites”. “Uchiwa Matsuri (fan festival)” held in a city area of Kumagaya City is a Gion Festival referred to as No. 1 in Kanto region. It will be held for three days from July 20th to 22nd, and twelve Japanese festival cars will parade in the city area while playing ohayashi (festival music). It is one of the biggest events in Kumagaya City along with Sakura Festival and Display of Fireworks, and a large number of visitors come to Kumagaya City to see it. Source: Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival English Website 

The English website is detailed and comprehensive with details of the events each day: official website. 

Access Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival

5 minute walk from JR Kumagaya Station on the Takasaki Line.

Free parking is available for 250 cars

Map and other details in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.

For more summer festivals and events in Saitama please see the events calendar.


July 20, 2019
July 22, 2019
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kumagaya Uchiwa Festival
Hoshikawa, 2 Chome−2
Kumagaya,, Saitama Prefecture, 〒360-0043 Japan
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