Kasukabe Big Kite Festival

Information for this incredible kite festival in Kasukabe, where you can see Japan’s largest kite being flown on two days during Golden Week. Whether you live in Japan long term or are a short term visitor or tourist, this is well worth considering if you are looking for something really cool to see in early May near Tokyo!

Kasukabe Big Kite Festival

The Kasukabe Big Kite Festival is held annually on May 3rd and May 5th. Both of which are public holidays, during Golden Week, in Japan. The festival does not go ahead if there is rain. Furthermore, if it rains on both days the event is held on one day only, usually May 6th. In both 2020 and 2021 the Kasukabe Big Kite Festival was completely cancelled. In 2022, they just raised the kite on May 3rd, but without the festival or spectators. Presumably, it was for the benefit of locals, so they could enjoy the scene from afar.

The big kite festival is particularly popular attracting more than 130,000 spectators annually. More than a hundred people work together to fly the kites made out of paper and bamboo. Moreover, it takes three months to make the kites. They make two large and two small kites annually. The large kites weight 800 kilograms. Furthermore, they are 15 meters long and 11 meters wide. It is usually the largest kite in Japan in a given year.

A free online video of the kite in flight and being made:

Participate?

If you just want to spectate you don’t have to apply in advance. But if you want to be one of the kite pullers it does require advance registration:

  • be one of the hundred or so people that fly the kite on either May 3rd or 5th. There is no charge to participate as a kite ‘puller’, but you need to apply by March 29th. Further information on the official site.
  • get your child’s name on the kite for the May 3rd event. This special commemoration is only for children born last year (2023). It costs 15000 yen and includes a photo taken in front of Japan’s largest kite. Deadline for application is February 28th. Further information on the official site.

Kasukabe Big Kite Festival Information

Event: Kasukabe Big Kite Festival 春日部大凧あげ祭り

Dates: on the May 3rd and May 5th public holidays annually. If it is raining both days, the event will be held on May 6th instead.

Time: from 11.30 am to 5 pm.

Cost: free (unless you want your child’s name on the kite!)

Venue: Edogawa riverbed of Nishihoshubana, 83 Nishihoshubana, Kasukabe, Saitama 344-0102

Access

You can take an Asahi bus or shuttle bus from Kasukabe station East exit on the Tobu Skytree Line. The bus goes to Seikyado central terminal and you alight at Odako Park. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes on the bus, then about 5 minutes on foot.

By Car

The festival takes about an hour to get to from Tokyo by Japan National Route No.4
The nearest interchanges are both about a 25 minute drive away – Iwatsuki Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway and Kashiwa Interchange on the Joban Expressway.

Official event page.

For more Golden Week events in Saitama Prefecture.

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