Flyer for the Sugito Summer Festival

Information for the 2024 Sugito Summer Festival.

Sugito Summer Festival

Thousands of people descend on Sugito Town in July annually for their Summer Festival. It is held in the middle of July, usually on the Saturday and Sunday of the bank holiday weekend. However, this year it will be on the weekend after the bank holiday weekend, on Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st. Sugito was once a commercial hub and an important post town, called Sugito Juku, on the Nikko Kaido, a type of highway that linked Tokyo and Nikko. At the time, Sugito enjoyed great wealth and showcased it annually in their summer festival! The festival has been celebrated for close to 200 years. Shinmei shrine stores the mikoshi, portable shrines, that feature in the summer festival.

Sugito Summer Festival is a child friendly Japanese traditional festival commutable from Tokyo. They have a children’s mikoshi (a portable shrine) event as well as children’s festival floats. There is lots of music and dance and other events geared toward children. In fairness, most of the summer festivals have something for children, but not all of them have children mikoshi.

Information

Event: Sugito Summer Festival 杉戸夏まつり

Dates: Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st 2024.

Time: On Saturday the festival starts from 3.30 pm an finishes around 9 pm. On Sunday it generally starts around 2 / 2.30 pm and usually finishes around 9.30 pm, but this year it is finishing at 8 pm.

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: The old Nikko Kaido Road, 2 Chome-13-12 Sugito, Kitakatsushika District, Saitama 345-0036. View on Google Maps.

Access

The festival area is about a five to six minute walk from the east exit of TobuDobutsu Koen station. Head North East, over the Otoshifurutone River until you hit the festivities on the old Nikko Road! The Tobu-Dobutsu Koen station is serviced by Tobu Skytree LIne, Tobu Nikko Line and Tobu Isesaki Line. Tobu Dobutsu Koen means Tobu zoo park – this is the stop for the popular zoo which also has an amusement park. It also has summer outdoor pools, “Tobu Super Pool“, at this time of year.

The official event webpage. 

>>You might also like this beautiful lantern festival in Sugito in August, where you can see Japan’s largest lantern.

Editor’s note: this festival was first shared on insaitama.com in 2014. It was temporarily removed from the site during the pandemic as the festival was cancelled three years in a row and republished in June 2023. Last update June 28th 2024.

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