Yattari Odori Kasukabe

Yattari Odori is a traditional Japanese dance native and exclusive to Saitama. It is a designated intangible Folk Cultural Property of Saitama Prefecture.

Yattari Odori

Yattari Odori has been passed down through the generations for approximately 380 years. They say it originated from a celebration dance that was performed after Ohata town won a sumo tournament that was executed to settle a dispute over land. The dancers shout “Yatta” meaning “we did it” in their victory dance.  It is a rare example of a district folk dance that has endured the test of time. Despite the proliferation of “outsiders” in the population of Ohata town after World War II, the folk dance was sustained, even after the town was merged into Kasukabe City.

The Yattari Odori festival is on in July annually. This year, 2024, the date falls on Saturday July 13th. They perform the dance at night at both the Saikoji and Ohata Katori Shrines between 8 and 9.30 pm.


Event: Yattari Odori やったり踊り

Date: Saturday July 13th 2024

Time: 8 pm to 9.30 pm

Cost: free to spectate, but bring a few yen – 5 yen coins for most luck – to donate in the prayer boxes of the shrine!

Venue: Saikoji and Ohata Katori Shrine. Saikoji, 177 Ohata, Kasukabe, Saitama 344-0022. View on Google Maps.


Close to Tobu Skytree Line’s Takesato Station. Ohata shrine is very close to the west exit of the station and Saikoji is about a five minute walk from the east exit.

Also on this weekend in Kasukabe: Kasukabe summer festival. (It might not always fall on the same weekend, but they do in 2024).

Official event page on the Kasukabe City website.

Editor’s note: I temporarily removed this post from the website as they cancelled the event between 2020 and 2022 due to the pandemic. 20180713

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