For the second year in a row the Kawagoe Summer Festival will not go ahead due to the pandemic.
Also known as the Kawagoe Million Lights Summer Festival, the festival is on in July each year. Only 30 minutes from Tokyo, the historic town of Kawagoe is a popular place to experience a typical Japanese summer festival. The festival is celebrated each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July.
The festival includes parades, processions, portable shrines, music and dance.
There are also many festival stalls with traditional Japanese festival games or selling festival food.
The area around Ichibangai is pedestrianized for the festival.
Time: from 2 pm on Saturday the 27th and from noon on the 28th
Contact: Kawagoe City Tourist Information Office 049-222-5556
Location: Spreads over a large area from around Kawagoe and Hon Kawagoe Station to the main tourist area by the Bell Tower.
Kawagoe Summer Festival with children
There are a number of attractions for children at the Kawagoe Summer Festival. Children can enjoy traditional festival games such as fishing for super balls or goldfish. There are stalls selling toys and others that offer kujibiki, a type of lottery only for toys rather than money. Over the years we have found the one at Maruhiro particularly good as the boobie prizes are better than most.
More on Maruhiro at the Kawagoe festivals (and please note this is the LAST YEAR that you will be able to ride on the roof top ferris wheel):
The main part of the festival is close to Hon Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. It is an approximate 8 minute walk from Kawagoe station on the JR Kawagoe and Tobu Tojo Lines to the main area, but there are also attractions and events close to this station too. Map and links in the grey details box at the very bottom of the post.
For more events in Saitama, please see the main event pages.