The Tanabata Festival (Star Festival) is held from August 4th to August 7th annually in Hikawa Shrine Kawagoe.  They have a Wind Chime event simultaneously. This year, 2020, on account of the Coronavirus they are not opening the religious services to the public, just priests, but they will have theRead More →

Cherry Blossom Boat Ride, Night light up and river of pink petals at Shingashi River at the back of Hikawa Shrine February 18th 2021 – it was announced today that the public will not be able to take the boat ride in 2021 on account of the Coronavirus. However, atRead More →

Pinwheels Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

Things to see in Kawagoe in Summer, pinwheels display at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine annually in June. Event information for the annual pinwheel display event at the Hikawa Shrine in Kawagoe.Read More →

Wind chimes at Kawagoe HIkawa Shrine

Wind chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine 2020. On June 21st the shrine announced that they had finally made a decision about their popular summer events. At that time, they decided to completely cancel the pinwheel event and to postpone the wind chimes event. However, on July 2nd they posted toRead More →

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine by night: the illuminous “Hikaru Kawa”, glistening river. All the photos in this post are from 2019. In 2020 the wind chime event went ahead. However, the night time events were cancelled. Currently (April 2021), it is not yet known if there will a light up eventRead More →

2019 Wind chimes Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

An idea of what to see in Kawagoe and what to do in Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine in the summer. Wind chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine an annual event that is a popular place to visit during summer in Saitama Prefecture.Read More →

Photo of red and white pinwheels commemorating the accession of Crown Prince Naruhito to Emperor at Kawagoe Hikawa SHrine may 2019 saitama japan

In celebration of Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the throne, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine are hosting a special commemorative display for the month of May. From May 1st to 31st they will display red and white pinwheels and wind chimes. They also have the name of the new era “Reiwa” displayed inRead More →

Hikawa shrine shingashi river cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossoms Shingashi River – Kawagoe is just 31 minutes from Ikebukuro, Tokyo, on the Tobu Tojo line (jump to access from Tokyo).  It is a popular tourist town. One of Kawagoe’s most spectacular spots to enjoy “sakura” is out the back of Hikawa shrine, where the cherry blossoms line the ShingashiRead More →

hikawa jinja maple in Saitama

I went to Hikawa Jinja in Kawagoe today, in the hope of enjoying some vibrant Autumn Leaves. I didn’t time it very well; I was too early with the autumn blooms still nowhere in sight. Also, the higanbana that also in Autumn on the Shingashi river where gone by then.Read More →