Horo festival Kawagoe – a religious celebration and unique cultural event. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus the event didn’t go ahead in both 2020 and 2021. It is scheduled to take place in 2022, but it is only for partons of the shrine and is not open to the general public.
With the blog changes in September 2021 the map and details for this event got wiped. I’ll replace them in time for the 2023 event, which will hopefully be open to the public for the first time in four years.
This colourful, only in Japan, festival is on at Furuoya Hachiman Shrine in the Furuya area of Kawagoe. Moreover, the Horo Festival is a designated cultural intangible folk property of Saitama Prefecture. Furuoya Hachiman shrine host the Horo Festival annually on September 15th.
The festival starts at 1 pm with performances. Around 2 pm the Horo arrives. They make the Horo with paper flowers displayed on 36 bamboo frames. A volunteer carries them as in the photo below. From 3 pm the Horo parades from the shrine.
The image is from Yell Kawagoe, which unfortunately stopped publishing in 2015. It was a great website for Kawagoe Local Information. Take a look at the page linked though for some wonderful photos from the festival taken in 2011.
Horo Festival Information
The shrine does not have an official website. However, the official Kawagoe city website has information which is usually updated annually, but they haven’t been updating it during the pandemic. Or queries to: 049-222-5556. The festival is on in the outskirts of Kawagoe. The location is near the Arakawa River, which separates it from Nishi ward. If you are coming by car it is closer to the rural area of Nishi ward than downtown Kawagoe. The two nearest train stations are Minami Furuya and Sashiogi on the Saikyo and Kawagoe Line.
Things to do in Kawagoe
There are a huge amount of things to do in Kawagoe. You will find over 50 things to do in Kawagoe on this blog as well . You can use the Kawagoe tag to find more things to see and do in the area.