The Ooi Matsuri is a summer festival of Fujimino City. It wasn’t on between 2020 and 2022 due to the pandemic. This year is the 23rd anniversary of the festival.
Ooi is a name of an area in Fujimino. Actually, the city of Fujimino as it is today, was created by merging the former Ooi and Kamifukuoka areas together. Hence each area still has their own festival annually. The Kamifukuoka tanabata festival is on in August though, in 2023 it is on the 5th and 6th.
Meanwhile, this festival, the Ooi Matsuri (Matsuri is the Japanese for festival) is on Sunday July 23rd in 2023. It is on in the vicinities of Higashi Kubo Central park and Ooi Higashi Junior High School gymnasium. The festival starts from around noon and goes until 9pm. There are various stage performances as well as music, dance and a procession. There is also children’s dance and events for children. Generally, the city’s mascot makes an appearance too!
Event: Ooi Matsuri おおい祭り
Date: Sunday 23rd July 2023
Time: from noon to 9 pm
Cost: there is no admission fee, bring some yennies to enjoy some festival food!
Venue: Higashi Kubo Central park and Ooi Higashi Junior High School gymnasium. Higashi Kubo Central Park, 1 Chome Fujimino, Saitama 356-0050. View on Google Maps.
The festival area in the park is about a ten minute walk from Fujimino Station west exit. The Junior High School is even closer. There is some official parking at the Higashi Ooi Junior High School ground, but the area gets very congested. They advise that you come by public transport where possible.
Editor’s note: this post was temporarily removed from the website during the pandemic as this festival was cancelled three years in a row. It was republished on July 9th 2023.