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Wind Chimes event at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine 2020
July 4 @ 09:00 - August 9 @ 21:00Free
Wind chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine 2020. On June 21st the shrine announced that they had finally made a decision about their popular summer events. At that time, they decided to completely cancel the pinwheel event and to postpone the wind chimes event. However, on July 2nd they posted to say that they will actually put up one small pinwheel display and one small wind chime display -from tomorrow, July 4th! It will not be the usual “enmusubi festival”, but a much smaller display. Moreover, they have asked that people NOT loiter to take photos or videos. And they will not have the “glistening river” this year.
Wind chimes Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine 2020
The Enmusubi Wind Chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine are generally displayed from around the 7th of July to the first week in September. However, in 2020 they are not having the Enmusubi event, but just displaying a small number of wind chimes from July 4th. The end date has not yet been decided yet. Please do check with the official sites linked at the bottom of the post for an update on the end date. I check periodically, but may miss the announcement if it is during the kids summer holidays in August.
Please note that they will start work on the Kawagoe Hikawa Kaikan from mid August. They are tearing down the current building and building a smaller building and restoring the rest of the area to its former natural wood state.
The wind chimes initially attracted about 300,000 visitors to the shrine in the first couple of years after its inception in 2014. By 2017 that number had tripled and since 2018 they say that more than 100,000 people visit. I well believe it as I visit it often and it is always busy during the enmusubi wind chime period. Other times of the year it is particularly busy is New Years and during the 7-5-3 festival.
Enmusubi means marriage or as in this case “marriage ties”. Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is renowned for bestowing blessings in matters related to family fulfillment, perfect match couples and, as you might have guessed, marriage! People who are looking to meet a partner and / or to have a good marriage come to this shrine for a blessing.
During the period that the chimes are on display you can normally visit the shrine until 9 pm at night. They normally have the small river on the grounds lit up especially. However, this year (2020) there will be no light up event and no events at night.
I usually recommend visiting on August 7th which is when Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine celebrate their Tanabata festival too. (Some places celebrate on July 7th). During this time you can also see beautiful colour strips on bamboo displays. However, the shrine has suggested they may not have the wind chimes still up at that time.
For a first hand account of the wind chimes at Kawagoe, please follow this link:
My 2015 visit
Visiting the wind chimes
My 2019 visit
Access Wind Chimes 2020 at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
Address: 2-11-3 Miyashitamachi, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0052
Access from Kawagoe Station
Koedo Kawagoe bus one day pass allows you unlimited travel on the Koedo Kawagoe buses. It costs 300 yen. In the bus they have a monitor with sightseeing information. Some tourist places give discounts on souvenirs or entrance tickets to people with a one day pass.
Koedo Meguri (Loop) Bus from Kawagoe station. You can buy a one day pass that allows you unlimited travel on the Meguri Bus. It stops at 16 different locations. 104 different shops, offer discount services such as souvenirs, food, and entrance fees to facilities for holders of this day pass. There are announcements in English and Chinese as well as Japanese so foreigners can feel at ease. More information here.
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine is off route 254 close to where it merges with route 16. Please see the map in the details box below. Free parking available for anyone coming by car.
URL: Official website
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For more events in Saitama, please see the main events calendar.
Information for Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine’s Enmusubi Wind Chimes first appeared on Saitama With Kids blog pages in 2014 and was moved to the events section in 2017.
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Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors, particularly with the current Coronavirus outbreak.