konosu summer festival

Information for the annual Konosu Summer Festival, which was on last year in 2023 for the first time in four years. Information for 2024 hereafter.

Konosu Summer Festival

The Kounosu Summer festival has a history of more than a hundred years. It is on one of Japan’s most famous trails – the Nakasendo. On the main day of the festival, they carry twelve “mikoshi”, which are a palanquin or portable shrine, three kilometers down a pedestrianized area near Konosu station. Furthermore, there is a children’s mikoshi event too. The festival draws thousands of spectators annually.

The featured image at the top of the post from the Konosu Tourism Website.

konosu summer festival
From the Konosu Official Tourism Website

The Konosu Summer festival runs for three days annually in early to mid July. In usually falls on the bank holiday weekend, in the middle of July. Only the main day is promoted as the other two days is more for locals. The festival is on Sunday July 14th 2024. On that day the festival usually starts around 2 pm, with the mikoshi carrying commencing shortly after. In addition, the festival generally runs until about 9 pm, but it will finish at 8 pm this year.


Event: Konosu Summer Festival 2024 鴻巣夏祭り

Dates: Sunday July 14th 2024

Time: from 2 pm to 8 pm.

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: A three kilometer stretch of the Nakasendo, near Konosu station, from the Ningyo area to the Kami area. I have pinpointed Ko Shrine, which is about half way along the route. Moreover, it is well worth a visit if you are in the area! Ko Shrine, 1-9 Honmiyacho, Konosu, Saitama 365-0076. View on Google Maps.


Some of the festival area is just five minutes from the east exit of the JR Konosu station on the famous Nakasendo, the old trail / highway that linked Edo and Kyoto. There is limited parking at three different sites; Konosu Park, City Hall and Konosu train station. The latter is charged.

Official event page for 2024.

Konosu is a great city for festivals and record breaking history, you can find lots more information about Konosu on the blog. For more upcoming festivals and events see here.

Editor’s note; we temporarily removed this post from the site during the pandemic. It was republished on June 12th 2023. R2.20180701. Last update June 16th 2024.

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