Sun Road the location for the Sakado Festival and Showa 99 retro festival

Sakado City will have not just one, but two summer festivals on the same days in the middle of July. The Sakado Yasaka Shrine Summer Festival, a two day “Tenno-sama” festival, AND Sakado Tanabata Festival, also on for two days. Moreover, they are both held in the same area – around Sun Road, pictured in the feature photo at the top of the post, which is right by a train station…

Sakado Yasaka Shrine Festival

Mikoshi at Sakado Yasaka Festival in 2024

Sakado City is perhaps most famous for its Yosakoi (traditional dance). And great news for summer 2024 – the summer yosakoi will be on for the first time in five years. The main Yosakoi in October came back last year (2023). The Yasaka Shrine summer festival is a smaller event, but much loved locally. You can see Mikoshi (portable shrines) at this festival, one pictured above. They have children’s mikoshi too. Elements of the festival are designated as intangible folk cultural properties of Sakado City. It is on relatively close to Tobu Tojo Line’s Sakado Station, on a retro shopping street called ‘Sun Road’. The road is pedestrianized, right up to Sakadoshi Bunka Hall for the days of the festival.

Sakado Tanabata Festival

Tanabata decorations at the Sakado Tanabata Festival

The Sakado Tanabata festival will also be on both days – Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th. They have dance performances, super heroes and mascots on the Saturday. There are other performances on the Sunday, including a magic show. They will also have a tanabata concert on both days from 3 pm. In addition, on both days there is a play area for children. There is also a beer garden. Kawajima Tsuri bori have a large area with several stalls on the day and here children can do “kingyo-tsukui” a popular festival event where you fish for goldfish with a small net scoop.

Information

Event: Sakado Yasaka Shrine Summer Festival 坂戸神社八坂祭(夏祭り)& Sakado Tanabata Festival

Dates: Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th 2024.

Time: The summer festival normally takes place from 2 pm to 8.30 pm each day. The Tanabata Festival is scheduled from 1 pm to 8 pm.

Cost: there is no admission fee to either.

Venue: the summer festival is on in the area from Sun Road on to the Koma-Kawajima Road all the way up to Sakadoshi Bunka Hall. View the latter on Google Maps. Along that route there is “Times Sakado Station North exit” parking lot. That is the main venue for the Tanabata Festival.

Access

The festival area is near the North exit of Sakado Station, which is on the Tobu Tojo Line. The entrance to “Sun Road” is visible as you leave the North exit of the station (pictured at the top of the post). The festival starts on that road and continues up to the Koma – Kawajima Road. There are some coin parking lots on the parallel road to the east, near Eigenji, but the area will be very congested on the festival days.

Official website for the ‘Yasaka’ Summer Festival.

Grab a 3D art latte nearby at Cafe Chocotea:

Editor’s note: this event post was temporarily removed from the site during the pandemic as the festival was cancelled three years in a row. R2.20190705. Last update July 8th 2024.

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