omiya nakasendo festival

The Nakasendo matsuri is just one of many festivals that is normally held in Omiya at the end of July and start of August each summer. They are collectively called “Omiya Summer Festival”. Unfortunately, but understandably, they were all cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. And just this week, on June 22nd 2021, the Saitama Tourist Board announced most of them – including the Nakasendo festival – will not go ahead in 2021 either.

Nakasendo matsuri
Image from the official Saitama City tourism website, click on the image to be redirected to the Japanese language page

Nakasendo Matsuri Information

The festival is held annually on August 1st and 2nd whether it is a weekend or not. The Nakasendo or Nakasendo trail was a type of highway that linked Kyoto to current day Tokyo.

On both nights the festival starts from roughly 5 pm and includes a mikoshi procession, dance and traditional music. (A mikoshi is a palanquin or portable shrine).  It takes place around the east exit of the station. On the 1st it finishes up at 9 pm and on the 2nd at 10 pm.

This festival will not go ahead if it is raining.

Please see the grey box below for map and more information.

Official website.

For more summer festivals and events in Saitama please see the main event pages.

Featured image from the Saitama Prefectural festival website.

The information was up-to-date and accurate, to the best of my knowledge, at the time of updating: August 1st 2020. Please always check for any last minute changes on the official website, particularly if there has been a typhoon or other natural disaster.

Other summer events that have been cancelled in Saitama City:

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