Soka Yume Matsubara

The Soka Matsubara Promenade Dream Festa is a relatively new summer festival. Soka City started it in 2015 to commemorate the designation of the Soka Matsubara promenade as a national scenic spot. The festival was on in 2022, but it was cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

Soka Matsubara

The promenade is famous for its scenery, primarily the pine trees on the avenue, but there are also seasonal flowers. Currently, there are 634 pine trees on the route. The road stretches alongside the Ayase river. It is approximately 1.5 kilometers long and designated a cultural beauty spot (in a collective group of 13 locations in 10 prefectures of Japan). The trees are believed to be approximately 400 years old.

Soka Matsubara Promenade Dream Festival

The festival is on a Saturday and Sunday decided by the Sunday which is closest to the 1st of July. Thus, sometimes the festival falls in June, sometimes in July. In 2023, it will be on Saturday July 1st and Sunday July 2nd.

The main attraction of the Soka Matsubara Promenade Dream Festival is the light up and illumination. For example, they light the bridges up and use projection mapping and there are festival stalls. They usually have special events also. In the past, the special events included a rickshaw ride, a canoe ride and even an hot air balloon ride at dusk too. However, in 2023, none of those events are on unfortunately. But they will have their tyrannosaurus race, where participants dress up and run as dinosaurs!

Information

Event: Soka Matsubara Dream Festa / Festival 草加松原夢祭

Date: Saturday July 1st and Sunday July 2nd

Time: 2 pm to 9 pm. The food stalls are available from those hours, the tyrannosauras race is from 2.30 to 5 pm and the night illumination is from 7 to 9 pm.

Cost: free

Venue: Soka Matsubara Promenade, Sōka, Saitama 340-0013. View on Google Maps.

Access

The promenade is about a 5 minute walk from Tobu Line’s Dokkyo Daigaku Mae Station, which was formerly known Matsubara Danchi Station. By car; it is 5 minutes from the Soka Interchange of the Tokyo Gaikan Expressway.

Official website

For more summer events please see the events category.

Editor’s note: this post was temporarily removed from the website during the pandemic. It was republished on June 11th 2023.

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