The Kamifukuoka Tanabata Festival was cancelled three years in a row due to the pandemic. This year, 2023, it will be on for the first time in four years (all things equal). Generally, this festival attracts over 150,000 participants annually. It is always held on the first weekend of August.
Kamifukuoka Tanabata Festival
Fujimino City display tanabata (Star Festival) streamers in the area around the station during the festival. Close to 300 streamers can be seen. Furthermore, there are taiko and other music performances as well as dance and a children’s mikoshi (palanquin or portable shrine) on both days.
I have actually been a couple of times, but pre instant camera so I don’t have any photos online from our visit. Despite the numbers that attend the festival it still has a very local feel, maybe because it is spread out over a large area. And even though approximately 150,000 people it isn’t as big as some of the other festivals that are on the same weekend, such as Saikasai, which is also on the Tobu Tojo line.
Event: Kamifukuoka Tanabata Festival 第69回上福岡七夕まつり
Dates: Saturday August 5th and Sunday August 6th 2023
Time: currently not specified
Cost: there is no admission fee.
Venue: around Kamifukuoka Station as well as Fukuoka Central Park near the east exit and at Kokone at the west exit of the station. Kamifukuoka Station 上福岡駅 1-chōme-1 Kamifukuoka, Fujimino, Saitama 356-0004. View on Google Maps.
The festival is held close to Tobu Tojo Line’s Kamifukuoka station. Driving to the event is discouraged due to the lack of parking. However, there is wheelchair accessible parking.
The featured photo, in the thumbnail when the post is linked, is just an image. Photographer Fernando Mafra, commercial use and mods allowed permission from Flickr.