In both 2020 and 2021 the Kasukabe Big Kite Festival was completely cancelled. In 2022, it is kind of going ahead! They will raise the kites, but on one day only and strictly without spectators. It begs the question, what’s the point!? But presumably, it is for the locals, so they can enjoy the scene from afar.
Kasukabe Big Kite Festival
The Kasukabe Big Kite Festival is held annually (pre pandemic!) on May 3rd and May 5th. Both of which are public holidays in Japan. The festival does not go ahead if there is rain. Furthermore, if it rains on both days the event will be on May 6th only. However, in 2022, the kite will only be raised on May 3rd. If it is raining on May 3rd, they will fly the kite on May 5th instead.
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.
A free online video of the kite in flight and being made:
Kasukabe Big Kite Festival Access
The event is held at the Edogawa riverbed of Nishihoshubana. Again, the kite will be flown in 2022, but you can’t access the event area this year. The area will be completely closed off to the public on May 3rd from 1 pm to 5 pm. If it is raining on the 3rd, the area will be closed off on May 5th instead.
By public transport – in a “normal” year
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 3 minutes on foot.
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 web page for 2022.
For more Golden Week events in Saitama Prefecture.