Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Omiya Nisshin Tanabata Festival, so it went ahead while most of the other annual Saitama City summer festivals were cancelled. However, it was on for a shorter period of time than usual and during the day time. This year it will be back to its usual late afternoon / night time schedule.
Nisshin Tanabata Festival
The Omiya Nisshin Tanabata Festival is one of several “Omiya Summer Festivals”. It is held annually on tanabata, August 7th*, and usually the preceding day – tanabata eve! However, in 2023 it will be held on the 7th and 8th, which are a Monday and Tuesday.
*Tanabata Festival, known as the star festival in english, is either celebrated on July 7th or August 7th. It depends on the region. The majority of Tanabata celebrations in Saitama are on August 7th or in the days leading up to it. You will find several tanabata events on this blog.
The Nisshin tanabata festival, also known as the Nisshin Star Festival, offers music, performances, mikoshi and gourmet. Moreover, the main street has large star festival streamers as in the featured photo. Nisshin is the area where the excellent Kidzoona is in.
Date: August 7th and 8th annually
Time: from 3 pm to 9 pm.
Venue: The Nisshin tanabata festival is held around the south entrance to Nisshin station and the Nisshin Primary School areas. Map below access.
Access from Nisshin station which is on the JR Kawagoe line.
If there is rain on the day they will either cancel or make changes to the schedule of the event.
The featured image is from the Saitama Tourism and International Relation Bureau’s official website.
Other summer events held annually in Saitama City include:
- Yono Summer Festival in July
- Urawa Odori in July
- Urawa Mikoshi event in July
- Also in Urawa, Yosakoi in July
- Kita Urawa Awa Odori in September
- Omiya West Summer festival
- Nakasendo Matsuri
- Higashi Omiya Summer festival
- Owada Fireworks
- Higashi Urawa fireworks
- Iwatsuki bunka fireworks