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Umenomiya Shrine’s Amazake Festival in Sayama 2020

February 10, 2021 @ 15:30 February 11, 2021 @ 21:00

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Umenomiya Shrine’s Amazake (sweet sake) Festival in Sayama city.

The Amazake festival at Umenomiya shrine in Sayama City is actually one of the most famous festivals among Saitama-jin; the people of Saitama. It is a designated intangible folk cultural property due to both the rarity of the festival and the uniqueness of the customs involved. Legend says that the festival was started by a God in celebration of the birth of Hikohododemi no Mikoto of Japanese folklore and mythology. 

The festival is held annually on the same dates: February 10th and 11th. This year, 2020, those dates fall on a Monday and Tuesday, the latter of which is a public holiday. On the 10th the festival starts from 7 pm. This part of the festival is most suited to adults. But on the second day, the 11th, they have some events that make it more family friendly.

The 11th is the main festival. Attractions for families include a traditional puppet show. There are festival stalls lining the avenue to the shrine. The festival starts from 1.30 pm on the 11th.

There is no official website, web page on the Saitama Shrine’s website. The featured image is from the Sayama City official prefectural website.

Umenomiya Shrine Access

The closest station is Shin Sayama on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. It is about a 23 minute walk to the shrine from the station. Sayamashi is also within walking distance. It takes about half an hour on foot. Inariyama Koen station is a bit far on foot, taking around 55 minutes.

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February 10 @ 15:30
February 11 @ 21:00
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