Oshi castle lit up at night and reflected in the water

Information for the Gyoda Ukijyo Matsuri or Gyoda Floating Castle Festival 行田浮き城祭り in 2023.

Gyoda Floating Castle Festival

Gyoda floating castle festival Gyoda Ukijyo Matsuri
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The Gyoda Floating Castle Festival is on the last Saturday and Sunday of July every year. However, the festival was cancelled between 2020 and 2022 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.

Gyoda Floating castle of Oshi
Oshi Castle in Gyoda

This sacred rites festival attracts about 55,000 to 65,000 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 on from late afternoon until about 9 pm at night.

>>The featured image at the top of the post is from a light up event at the castle, that is on one day a month. However, the light up takes a break during the summer holidays. The next light up event will be on September 2nd, all things equal.

Information

Event: Gyoda Floating Castle Festival 行田浮き城祭り

Date: Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th 2023

Time: 3.30 pm to 9 pm

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: around Gyodashi station, 19 Chūō, Gyoda, Saitama 361-0078. View on Google Maps.

Access

About a one minute walk from Chichibu Railway Gyodashi Station!

For more summer festivals and events in Saitama, please see the main event category.

Official event website – which they have not yet updated for 2023, but they have confirmed the event.

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