August Nakasendo Omiya summer festival

The Nakasendo matsuri is just one of many festivals that is on in the Omiya area at the end of July and start of August each summer. They are collectively called “Omiya Summer Festival”. A couple of them went ahead in 2022, but not this one. Last year it was on for the first time in four years. And it will be on in 2024 as a normal, i.e. as it was before the pandemic.

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Nakasendo Matsuri

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. There are dozens of festivals held on the Nakasendo in Saitama annually. This is one of the bigger ones. On both nights the festival starts from roughly 5 pm. The 2nd is the main day with a mikoshi procession, dance – such as Awa Odori – and traditional music. (A mikoshi is a palanquin or portable shrine).  It takes place around the east exit of the station. On the 1st the festival finishes up at 9 pm, but on the 2nd it finishes at 10 pm.

Some of the festivals go ahead if it is raining, but generally the Nakasendo festival is cancelled if it rains. On both the 1st and 2nd there are also other summer festivals in Saitama city. For example, on the first of August annually the lively Spark Carnival is also on. And this year, th3 2024, East Omiya Summer Festival is also on August 2nd.


Event: Nakasendo Matsuri・Omiya Summer Festivals 大宮夏まつり 2024中山道まつり

Dates: August 1st and 2nd annually

Time: from 5 pm to 9 pm on the 1st and until 10 pm on the 2nd.

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: Around the east exit of Omiya Station. 1 Chome Daimoncho, Omiya Ward, Saitama, 330-0846. View on Google maps.


They advise you come by public transport. The festival is held very close to the East exit of Omiya Station.

Official website.

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 festivals also on in Saitama City:

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