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Sakado Bamboo Lantern Festival, Cancelled in 2020 and 2021

April 25, 2021 @ 11:00 20:00

The Sakado Bamboo lantern festival is still a relatively unknown off-the-beaten-track festival. Although, it has been around for a few years already – it celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2019. In 2018, there were “only” about 3,000 people which sounds like a lot, but it is only just 3% of the total population of Sakado. Unfortunately in 2020 the event was unable to go ahead due to the State of Emergency. Moreover, it will not be on again in 2021 in a bid to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

When the festival does go ahead there are live performances and food / festival stalls throughout the duration of the festival. It is normally held on the last Sunday of April between 11 am and 8 pm. It is held at Sakado’s Koma River Cherry Blossom embankment. Hundreds of bamboo lanterns line the embankment for the festival. The exact number is not disclosed on the Sakado City website.

Official notification of cancellation.

Access Sakado Bamboo Lantern Festival

Take a bus from Sakado Station’s North exit to Sakura primary school and walk five minutes to the embankment area beside Sakura Junior High school. By car it is close to the Sakado Nishi Smart Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway. To use this interchange, like with all “Smart” Interchanges, you must have an ETC card. You can not pay with cash or credit card at this interchange.

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Sakado City Commerce, Industry, Labor and Administration Office


Sakado Bamboo Lantern Festival

3-chōme-25-8 Izumichō
Sakado, Saitama 350-0231 Japan
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