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Wind Chimes event at Hikawa Shrine | KAWAGOE

July 6, 2019 @ 09:00 - September 8, 2019 @ 21:00


Wind chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

Wind chimes
The “ema” (wooden plaques for writing prayers) of Hikawa shrine wind chimes

The Enmusubi Wind Chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine will be on display from July 6th to September 8th 2019. 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 last year they say that more than 100,000 people visited. I well believe it as I visit it often and it is always busy during the 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 satisfaction, 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 visit the shrine until 9 pm at night. They have the small river on the grounds lit up especially. I particularly 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.

For a first hand account of the wind chimes at Kawagoe, please follow this link:

My 2015 visit

My 2019 visit

2019 Wind chimes at Hikawa Shrine | KAWAGOE

Access Wind Chimes 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 Kawagoe Loop Bus

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.


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.


July 6, 2019 @ 09:00
September 8, 2019 @ 21:00
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Hikawa Shrine
2 Chome-11-3 Miyashitamachi, 宮下町
Kawagoe-shi,, Saitama-ken 350-0052 Japan
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2 comments on “Wind Chimes event at Hikawa Shrine | KAWAGOE

    1. Elle

      Hi, thank you for your comment. There is so much to do in Saitama – it depends largely on your interests. Also, what time of year? By public transport or by car? Overnight or just day trip?


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