Gyoda Ukijyo Matsuri or Gyoda Floating Castle Festival
The Gyoda Floating Castle Festival is held every year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July. However, in both 2020 and 2021 they cancelled the festival due to the pandemic. The festival gets its name from the castle located in Gyoda City. Oshi Castle is nicknamed the floating castle of Oshi. One of two nicknames; the other being Turtle Castle. Part of the castle was reconstructed in 1988 as you can see in the photo below. However, the festival itself does not take place at the castle, but near Gyoda station.
This sacred rites festival attracts about 55,000 people from all over Saitama and beyond. The Danbe Folk Dance is one of the highlights of this festival. There are also portable shrines, floats, a parade and festival stalls. Furthermore, there is usually a flea market on the day too. The festival is held from late afternoon until about 9 pm at night.
Time: 3.30 pm to 9 pm
Location: along Route 125 and Gyoda-Hasuda Avenue
Access: 1 minute walk from Chichibu Railway Gyodashi Station
For more summer festivals and events in Saitama, please see the main event pages.