Waratetsu railway festival

Waratetsu is a pretty well known railway festival, for children, in Warabi City. It is the festival of Warabi Station. Last year, 2023, was the 130th anniversary of Warabi Station (hence the featured photo at the top of the post). The railway festival is usually on for two days in early or mid July each year. But it was cancelled during the pandemic. However, it came back last year and is on again in 2024 too…

Waratetsu Festival

During the two day festival there are several events, crafts and train and railway workshops. A highlight of the festival for many children is the mini shinkansen (bullet train) that they can ride. Please note that, like last year, the mini train will only be there on Saturday, between 10 am and 3 pm. You need to get a participation ticket to ride the train. They start distributing them at 10 am and stop at 2 pm (or before if they run out). They usually have some costumes out for kids to wear while they ride the bullet train. On the Sunday they have a mini police ‘shiro’ bike that kids can ride. Likewise, you need to pick up a ticket to ride it.

On both days they have a selection of plarail out for the kids to play with. There is also workshops, photo booths and exhibitions. There is no admission to Kururu, where the event is held, but there is a charge for the workshops. They cost 200 yen per child. Also please note, if your child wants to be a ‘station master’ on the day, you need to apply in advance – by June 20th 2024.

Information

Event: Waratetsu Festival わらてつまつり

Date: Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th 2024

Time: from 10 am to 4 pm

Cost: no admission fee, but workshops cost 200 yen (for materials) and there may also be individual charges for other events.

Venue: Kururu, 1-chōme-7 Chūō, Warabi, Saitama 335-0004. View on Google Maps.

Access

Kururu is located in the Warabi Culture Hall beside Warabi Station. Warabi Station is on the Keihin-Tohoku line.

Official event page.

Find even more events on this July in Saitama Prefecture here.

Editor’s note: This post was temporarily removed from the website during the pandemic as the event was cancelled.

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