Festival lanterns

This annual “mikoshi” (portable shrine) festival occurs in the kodama area of Honjo City. It is usually on the same weekend as the Honjo Gion Festival, the weekend of “umi no hi”. Umi no Hi is an annual holiday in Japan. Unlike the Honjo Gion Festival, the Kodama Summer Festival is only for one day – generally the Sunday. In 2021 they scheduled it for Sunday July 18th from 11 am to 9.30 pm. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak the city cancelled the event. They also cancelled it in 2020. Furthermore, they also cancelled the Gion Festival.

Kodama Summer Festival from the official site
Kodama Summer Festival from the official site

Kodama Summer Festival is called as the “Gion Festival of Yasaka”. The fights between portable shrines (mikoshi) nicknamed as the “Kenka (Fight)-Mikoshi” in which brave young people clash with each other are still performed. This is a festival where the strength of young people is highlighted especially in the contrast to the city’s long history. Source; Honjo Sightseeing English webpage


The festival is on close to the Kodama Station on JR Hachiko line.

There is parking available.

For more summer festivals and other seasonal events in Saitama, please see the event pages. You will find a selection of over 300 annual events on Saitama With Kids.

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