Kamikawa Town will have a Kirakira (Sparkling) Festival with fireworks in December. On the same night of the festival they will turn on the town’s Christmas lights for the 2023 season. Kamikawa Town is located in Northern Saitama. It is famous for a few different things, including a rare shrine, one of only three in all of Japan, and being home to one of Japan’s top three winter cherry blossom spots.
The Kirakira Festival is a ‘festival of lights’ with the theme “dreams, hopes, shining future”. In 2023, it will be on Saturday December 9th 2023. They turn on the town’s illumination the evening of the festival and they are on nightly until January 7th 2024. As the illumination is only on for a few weeks, to me it is more like what we call ‘Christmas lights’ back home in Ireland. Apart from the illumination, you can enjoy live music, including Christmas music. They have a large raffle too. As this is the tenth anniversary of the festival, this year they will also have a fireworks display.
Event: Kirakira Festival・Kamikawa Illumination KiRA KiRAフェスティバル ・上川町イルミネーション
Dates: Saturday December 9th 2023, and the illumination will run until Sunday January 7th 2024
Time: the festival is on from 1 pm to 8 pm. The illumination is on from 4.30 pm to 9 pm nightly.
Venue: Kamikawa Town Central Community Center 神川町中央公民館, 867-2 Uetake, Kamikawa, Kodama District, Saitama 367-0245. View on Google Maps.
The venue is about a ten minute walk from Tansho Station 「丹荘駅」on the Hachiko line. The official parking for the event is at Tansho Elementary School 「神川町立丹荘小学校」which is about a ten to fifteen minute walk away.