The Okegawa Gion Festival has been celebrated for the last 280 years. Okegawa city is not a particularly famous or popular city in contemporary society, but once upon a time it was a key commercial hub along the Nakasendo Path. The Nakasendo Road was like a highway that connected Kyoto and Edo.
The 2022 Okegawa Gion Festival has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. Moreover, hundreds of festivals in Saitama will not go ahead again this summer in an attempt to keep the coronavirus from spreading again. This is the third year in a row that the festival has been cancelled. There is currently no word about the Safflower Festival which happens in June, so that one may actually go ahead.
The festival has about 400 festival stalls. Moreover it attracts approximately 100,000 people over the two days of festivities. It is celebrated annually on July 15th and 16th regardless of what day of the week it is. Both days the festival runs between 3 pm and 9 pm (approximately), with the main events scheduled for between 5 pm and 8 pm.
Okegawa Gion Festival Access
The festival is held close to the East exit of JR Takasaki Line Okegawa station.
For more festivals and seasonal events in Saitama, please also see the events category.