Satte Summer Festival

The Satte Summer Festival is a four day festival each year in July. However, the four days are not in a row…

Satte Summer Festival

The first day of the festival, is celebrated on the second Sunday of July annually. In 2024, that is Sunday July 7th. It is the principal day of the mikoshi, portable shrines. The grandiose mikoshi ( portable shrine), one of the three great mikoshi of Kanto, is carried around town in the evening from around 6 pm to 9 pm.

The second day of the festival always falls on the following Thursday, in 2024 that is July 11th. This is the day of the children’s mikoshi. You can see the children carrying the mikoshi from around 7 pm to 8.20 pm, around the area of Yumikiya Shrine. (View on Google Maps).

The main festival is on the weekend – Saturday and Sunday – after the children’s mikoshi. It normally corresponds with the bank holiday weekend. In 2024 that is Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th. They parade and display large lantern floats. The large lantern floats are probably the most popular attraction of this annual three hundred year old festival. On the Saturday they will parade the lantern floats from around 1 pm to 10 pm.

On Sunday they once again parade the lantern floats, from 10 am, before lining them up on Chuo Dori street. The festival culminates with the floats gradually building up speed as they turn round and round. That usually begins in the late afternoon as the sun begins to set and continues into the night!

2024 Information

*Drones are strictly forbidden at this festival*

Event: Satte Summer Festival 幸手夏祭り ・八坂の夏祭り

Dates: Sunday July 7th, Thursday July 11th, Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th 2024.

Times:

  • 6 pm to pm on July 7th,
  • 7 pm to 8.20 pm on the 11th,
  • 1 pm to 10 pm on the 13th,
  • 10 am to 10 pm on the 14th

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Various, but the main area on the main weekend is Chuo Dori. View on Google maps.

Access Satte Summer Festival

Like with most festivals, the organizers request – where possible – that you come by public transport. The festival is close, about a five to ten minute walk, to the east exit of Satte Station on the Tobu Nikko Line.

Official web page for the 2024 festival. The featured image at the top of the post was taken from that website.

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20170524. R1.220706. R2.230611. Last update June 16th 2024.

2 Comments

    1. Author

      Any chance you will get back in the near future? I took the plunge and am currently travelling! Currently in Finland, leave for Ireland in a few hours.

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