Lantern with Kawagoe remix written on it for the 2023 event

Kawagoe Remix was a very low key affair in 2022. Thankfully, this year (2023) for the first time in four years, they will have the usual fusion of music, art, food and light up event. However, it is still very different to how it was before the pandemic.

Kawagoe Remix in 2023

It used to be on in November, but in 2018 it was changed to September. It wasn’t on in 2020 or 2021, and was on again, in part, in September 2022. However, in 2023 it is on in October. Furthermore, before the pandemic, the festival was spread over a large area. Moreover, they pedestrianized Ichibangai for the occasion. But not in 2023. In 2023, the festival is confined to the grounds of Renkeiji only.

Last year there was limited light up, despite the fact that this event started out as an illumination event! In 2023, they will light up Renkeiji for the occasion. They will have food trucks and a cocktail bar on the grounds of the temple. There are four concerts each day, Jazz music, starting from 3.20 pm.


Kawagoe Remix in a usual year (no pandemic)

Kawagoe Remix
BEFORE PANDEMIC From the event website: https://kawagoe-lightup.info/

Before the pandemic: The festival is normally a mix of art, music and food appreciation.  The event area is usually pedestrianized for most of the weekend as some of the light installations and some art are displayed in the center of the main tourist street in Ichibangai. Also, they light up some of the famous buildings for the occasion too. In addition, there are usually light displays and illumination in the rest areas too. They turn the lights on in the installations from 5 pm.

Before the pandemic: They have live music throughout the day and night in various locations in the area. A number of restaurants participate in the Kawagoe Remix food fair discount booklet (no mention of this for 2022 either). You can purchase a booklet of tickets that allows you discounted meals in participating restaurants. This year there is also a bar discount booklet, for nine participating bars in Kawagoe. You can purchase the ticket at any 7-11 convenience store. One of the participating restaurants is Hatsuneya Garden.

Again, pre-pandemic information: The layout for the live music is the same as last year – two main stages marked in dark blue circles in the map below. The yellow indicates places with light up displays.

In 2015 when we first visited it wasn’t too crowded. There was a great atmosphere accentuated by the illuminated installations and live music.  The kids really enjoyed the light up and a few street performers that were entertaining people. We also got quite a few freebies on the street.  Getting home was difficult though as traffic and public transport had been disrupted. But other than that it was a great evening out.


2023 Information

Event: Kawagoe Remix カワゴエリミックス

Dates: Saturday October 21st and Sunday October 22nd 2023

Time: from 2 pm to 8 pm

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: Renkeiji (Renkeiji Temple / Renkei Temple) 〒350-0066 Saitama, Kawagoe, Renjakucho, 7−1. View on Google Maps.

Official website.

Kawagoe Remix Access

Renkeiji is about a 15 minute walk from Tobu Tojo Line Kawagoe Station. It is approximately an 11 minute walk from Tobu Tojo Line Kawagoe Shi Station and approximately an 9 minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe Station. There is no parking for this event. There are plenty of coin parking lots in the area. Make a night of it? Check out the very trendy Hatago Coedoya Hotel, which is literally just across the road.

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