wisteria at tamashiki where the Kazo City Kisai Wisteria Festival is held

The Kazo City Kisai Wisteria Festival needs little introduction to Saitama-jin, as it celebrates the 450 year old wisteria of Tamashiki Shrine. It is a popular festival annually. The shrine’s spring festival generally overlaps with some of the dates of the wisteria festival.

Kisai Wisteria Festival 2024

First and foremost, in recent years the bloom period of the wisteria and the dates of the festival don’t always match up. That is because in recent years the wisteria around Japan have been blooming earlier than historic averages. I don’t know what way it is going to go in 2024. But I can tell you that the festival is on from Saturday April 27th to 29th and again from May 3rd to May 5th.

However, even if the wisteria are passed their prime, this festival is worth visiting for the atmosphere. Moreover, there is a huge choice of live performances over the course of the festival. Performances include taiko drums, koto, Hawaiian dance, traditional dance including Yosakoi, and so many more. Each day there is something different on. I recommend you check the full schedule here. Also, they don’t advertise it, but they light the wisteria up on dry nights.

In addition, on May 5th the shrine will also have its ‘shunki taisai’ spring festival on. Usually that festival culminates with a kagura performance. The kagura of Tamashiki Shrine is a designated important cultural property. More about the shrine’s spring festival here.

Information

Event: Kazo City Kisai Wisteria Festival 2024

Dates: Saturday April 27th to Monday April 29th and again from Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th 2024

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Cost: free to enter the venue

Venue: Tamashiki Shrine, 552-1 Kisai, Kazo, Saitama 347-0105. View on Google Maps.

Access

The nearest train station is Kazo Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line. The shrine is about a 45 minute walk from the station. There is also a bus that you can get – bound for Konosu Station / License Center. Alight at Kisai I-chome bus stop. The shrine is about an eight minute walk from that bus stop. You can also get a bus from Konosu station, which is on the JR Takasaki line. Get an Asahi bus bound for Kazo Shako and alight at the Kisai 1-chome bus stop. Kisai Ichome = 騎西一丁目

The nearest Interchange is the Kazo Interchange of the Tohoku Expressway, about a 15 minute drive away. Shiraoka Shobu interchange on the Ken-o expressway is also only about a 20 minute drive away. Please note the main car park is not available during the festival. There is an overflow car park on the West side of the park that has plenty of parking if you are visiting out of season. However, during the festival that parking lot gets full very quickly.

Official 2024 event page

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