Kasukabe wisteria festival saitama Prefecture near Tokyo

Kasukabe City is probably best known as being the home of the fictional anime character Crayon Shinchan. However, wisteria lovers will also know it to be the home of the famous wisteria of Ushijima (Tokaen). Apart from Tokaen though, Kasukabe has a wisteria street “Kasukabe Fuji Doori”, where they have a one day festival during the period of bloom of the wisteria. This is a family friendly, locally popular festival.

Kasukabe Wisteria Festival

The wisteria in Kasukabe Saitama typically bloom from mid April until about the end of the first week of May. However, in recent years, they have been blooming early and finishing early. But this year it looks promising that they might bloom more on trend with historic figures. This year will be the 43rd occurrence of the Kasukabe Wisteria festival, even though the 39th, 40th and 41st festival actually didn’t go ahead! Due to you know what! But they did have an online event each of those years.

The festival line up includes live performances and a parade along 1.1 kilometers of Wisteria Street, which starts near the West exit of Kasukabe Station right down to Saishin Bank. The parade has a police band, baton twirlers, magic performances and dance. There are other performances scheduled on the day such as kids dance performances, a cheer leading squad, taiko and Yosakoi. There is also a display of emergency vehicles on the day.


Information

Event: the 43rd Kasukabe Wisteria Festival in 2024. 第43回(令和6年度)春日部藤まつり

Date: Sunday April 28th. However, if there is bad weather on the day it will be postponed until Showa Day, April 29th. If it is also raining heavily on the 29th the wisteria festival will once again be cancelled completely.

Time: 10.30 am to 4 pm (regardless of whether the 28th or 29th). Traffic in the area will be restricted from 10 am to 4.30 pm.

Cost: free to attend. There maybe some events that incur charges. (Please note that Tokaen, where the legendary wisteria of Ushijima is, costs 1000 yen to enter).

Venue: Wisteria Street ふじどおり, 1-chōme-2 Chūō, Kasukabe, Saitama 344-0067. View on Google Maps.

Access

Please note; there is no official parking lot for this event and they request you come on foot, by bike or by public transport. Wisteria street is located close to the Tobu Line Kasukabe Station.

Official web page.

See what else is on in April in Saitama Prefecture.

Editor’s note: this post was temporarily off the website during the pandemic. It was first published in April 2017 (20170420). It was updated and republished on April 17th 2023. Last update April 19th 2024.

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