Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori from the official Saitama tourism site

The Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori Festival in 2021 looked like it might go ahead on the scheduled date of August 20th to 22nd. But inevitably they decided to “postpone” it. That is, cancel it, essentially. They only made the announcement on July 9th 2021.

Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori
From the official website, click to be re-routed

With its proximity to Tokyo this festival normally attracts around 70,000 spectators. There are approximately 6,500 dancers, in a regular year, who perform the traditional Awa dance. Furthermore, apart from the performances, you can also enjoy festival booths.

The 2021 festival which was scheduled for three days, from Friday August 20th to Sunday 22nd, was “postponed”. In essence, cancelled. Normally, on the Friday the festival starts at 7 pm. On Saturday and Sunday it begins at 2 pm. Each day it finishes up around 9 pm.

Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori Access

They hold the festival around the area of JR Musashino Line’s Minami Koshigaya Station and Tobu Skytree Line’s Shinkoshigaya stations.

There is no parking available. Due to the sheer number of visitors they advise that you come, where possible, by public transport, bike or on foot.

Toilets available at the main event area.

For more events in Saitama, please see the main event pages.

Featured image was taken from the old Chokotabi website. Unfortunately, they changed the web address and many of the old files are no longer available.

Things to do in Koshigaya

Koshigaya is home of Japan’s largest shopping mall, Koshigaya LakeTown. There are several things to do in the mall and its grounds. Currently they have a seasonal dinghy park.

Koshigaya is also home to Japan’s first and only fly station. Read more here.

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