Takino Castle Park samurai festival

Finally, after a five year wait, the Takino Castle Samurai festival is coming back in 2024. Officially it is called the Sengoku Takino Festival. This will be the 13th anniversary of the festival. I had planned to go in 2020. But then you know what happened. I’ve been watching out for it now for the last five years, so I was delighted to see an announcement from Tokorozawa a couple of weeks ago that they will host the festival again in 2024.

Takino Castle Samurai Festival

Sengoku Takino Castle festival

The festival recreates the atmosphere of the Sengoku Period, known as the era of the Warring States. Takino castle was built during the 15th century and the Hojo clan seized it in 1546. None of it remains, but there is a park, Taki-no-jo Castle Site Park, on the site of the former castle. The taki of the park / castle name means waterfall, thus the waterfall castle, named for the waterfall on the east of the castle grounds.

The Takino Castle Samurai Festival involves a samurai parade from Higashi Tokorozawa Station to Takino Castle. There are also other performances on the day, such as “tameshigiri”, where ‘samurai’ lop the heads of bamboo with swords. In addition, there are taiko drum performances and even a ninja show! They have kamishibai (story telling) too. Moreover, there is also a small battle reenactment. If you want to see a large battle reenactment, the Hojo Festival in Yorii, that also celebrates the Hojo clan, is not to miss. It is also coming up this May.

Takino Castle Park

The festival is always on the third Sunday of May, which in 2024 is the 19th of May. Dave Ronin has a great video on his channel that shows the highlights of the festival: Taki-no Castle. By the by, too late for this year, but this park also has some nice cherry blossoms! And it looks pretty in autumn too, as above.

Information

Event: Sengoku Takino Castle Festival 戦国滝の城まつり

Date: Sunday May 19th 2024

Time: from 10 am to 3.30 pm

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: Takino Castle Site Park 滝の城址公園, 23-1 Shiro, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0013. View on Google maps.

Access

The park is about a half hour walk from Higashi Tokorozawa station. The park is only about a five minute drive from the Tokorozawa Toll booth of the Kanetsu Expressway.

Official event page, which has a detailed schedule of the festival.

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