Information for the Kawagoe Summer Festival, as it is often referred to in English, or Kawagoe Million Lights Summer Festival as it is called in Japanese.

Kawagoe Million Lights Summer Festival

This will be the 42nd annual Kawagoe Million Lights Summer Festival, or Kawagoe Summer Festival for short. Only 30 minutes from Tokyo, the historic town of Kawagoe is a popular place to experience a typical Japanese summer festival. However, the Autumn Festival, known simply as Kawagoe Festival, is the main festival in Kawagoe annually.

The summer festival is celebrated each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July. In 2023, that is Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th. They festival includes parades, processions, portable shrines, music, dance and festival stalls.

Okonomiyaki

The are many festival stalls, some selling festival food or gourmet food, but there are also stalls with traditional Japanese festival games.

Ichibangai pedestrianized for the Kawagoe summer festival

They pedestrianize the area around Ichibangai for the festival.


Kawagoe Summer Festival with children

Toy Lottery at Maruhiro Kawagoe Summer festival

There are a number of attractions for children at this 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.

Also, generally the car park across the road from the West side of Maruhiro has a selection of rescue vehicles on display. I can’t guarantee they are this location every year, because every now and then we see them elsewhere. But a lot of the years, they are in this area. At the North of the department store there is a little seating area, where it is generally quiet (or at least quieter), if children need a breather. Also, Maruhiro has a nice baby room and obviously as it is indoors it is air conditioned and a good place to cool down. The rest areas on Ichibangai have mist blowing too. They don’t quite do the trick, but if you are in that area and want to cool down, its better than nothing!

More on Maruhiro at the Kawagoe festivals (and please note the roof top ferris wheel and amusement park closed permanently a couple of years ago):

 

Kawagoe Summer Festival 2023 information

Dates: Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th 2023

Time: from 2 pm on the Saturday and Sunday

Contact: Kawagoe City Tourist Information Office 049-222-5556

Location: Spreads over a large area from around Kawagoe and Hon Kawagoe Station, up Ichibangai, to the main tourist area by the Bell Tower.

Access

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.

Official website. 

170606. Editor’s note: The post was temporarily removed from the website during the pandemic, as the festival was cancelled in both 2020 and 2021. It was republished on June 6th 2022.

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