The Higashimatsuyama Summer Festival is scheduled for 2023, for the first time in four years. Unfortunately, they have decided not to go ahead with the annual fireworks though. This summer festival is held annually on the fourth Saturday and Sunday of July. In 2023, that is Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd.
Higashimatsuyama Summer Festival
The Higashimatsuyama Summer Festival combines an two festivals. The older Hachiman Shrine Tenno Sama festival, and the newer, Tenno Sama Summer festival. Around 80,000 people attend over the two day period. The main part of the festival is at night from 6 pm. This is when the mikoshi, palanquin / portable shrines, do their dance / song fight off!
You can see the mikoshi being carried around town before that too. At various stages of the day they also have a children’s mikoshi. There are events from as early as 8 am until 9 pm (but please note the earlier events are usually more for locals and the real festivities don’t start until the afternoon). The area of the festival is around Higashimatsuyama’s branch of Maruhiro. From Botan street (Higashimatsuyama Station) to Jonuma Park (opposite the main Higashimatsuyama Library), including Yakyu Inari baseball shrine.
The featured image at the very top of the page is the mikoshi (portable shrine) of the Yakyu area of Higashimatsuyama from the official Higashimatsuyama City website.
Event: Higashimatsuyama Summer Festival 2023 東松山夏まつり
Date: Saturday July 22nd and Sunday July 23rd
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm.
Venue: Around the vicinity of Higashimatsuyama Maruhiro, 19-30 Zaimokucho, Higashimatsuyama, Saitama 355-0016. View on Google Maps.
There is no parking available during the summer festival. They request you come by public transport. The area is about a five to seven minute walk from Tobu Tojo Line’s Higashimatsuyama Station.
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