Shobu summer festival

Information for the Shobu Summer Festival, a Tennosama festival, in 2023.

Shobu Tennosama / Summer Festival

Shobu is an area in Kuki City, known for its iris (shobu is the Japanese for iris) and its lavender. This summer festival, a “Tennosama” festival is held on the second Sunday of July each year. This year it falls on Sunday July 9th, three days before the mammoth, infamous Kuki Lantern Festival. There is also a lantern float at Shobu’s summer festival.

The Shobu Tennosama festival is the festival of Shobu shrine, which is a shrine that is known for its wisteria. The town is colored with “mikoshi” and festival floats that they parade through the town. There are also live stage performances, including kids dance and taiko drums.

>>Find even more summer festivals on in July in Saitama Prefecture this year.


Event: Shobu Summer Festival 菖蒲夏祭り「天王様」

Dates: Sunday July 9th 2023

Time: from 12 to 9.30 pm

Cost: free

Venue: Around the precincts of Shobu Shrine, 552-1 Shobucho Shobu, Kuki, Saitama 346-0106. View on Google maps.


You can get a bus to Shobu Shrine from Utsunomiya Line Kuki Station’s west exit. The bus takes about 15 minutes. They request that you come by public transport, where possible. There will be disruption to traffic during the period of the festival as some of the streets are pedestrianized for the occasion.

Official website, where you can see a map of the festival area as well as a detailed schedule. However, it is in the Japanese language only. There are also several videos on the site, of the festival.

Official event page on the Kuki City website

Editor’s note: This post was temporarily removed from the site during the pandemic. It was cancelled in 2020 and 2021, but was on in 2022. Last republish June 1st 2023.

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