Toda Furusato Festival

The Toda Furusato Festival was one of the few festivals that was on in August 2022. Just before the pandemic, in 2019, the festival returned to the city hall area for the first time in fourteen years. And this year it will once again be held in and around Toda City Hall.

Toda Furusato Festival

Furusato is the Japanese for hometown. It is a typical local summer festival with the usual offerings of food booths, festival stalls, live performances (including taiko drums) and traditional dance. In 2023, it is on Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th.

Children’s festival

Within the Toda Furusato festival there is usually a children’s festival “Todakko festa” on the Saturday. The Todakko Festa has several special events for children. In a normal year, it includes a children’s mikoshi (portable shrine) parade. That element wasn’t on in 2022 to avoid close contact between school (elementary and junior high) students. Hopefully it will be back in 2023. Also, normally there are several competitions for children and live music performances by children too.

Information

Event: Toda Furusato Festival 2023 第49回戸田ふるさと祭り

Date: Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th 2023

Time: from noon to 8 pm on the Saturday and from 11 am to 7 pm on the Sunday.

Cost: most of the festival has no admission fee, but the craft workshops usually cost between 100 and 500 yen per person.

Location: 戸田市役所駐車場、戸田市文化会館、市役所通り、後谷公園 Toda Cultural Hall and the parking lot of Toda City Hall, 1 Chome-18-1 Kamitoda, Toda, Saitama 335-8588. View on Google Maps.

Access

The nearest station is Toda Koen station on the JR Saikyo Line. There is normally a free shuttle bus from the station to the city hall.

For more summer festivals and seasonal events in Saitama please see the main event category.

Official website and information on the Toda City website

Don’t miss this firework festival in Toda City, also in August

One of the largest fireworks, held each year in early August: Todabashi Fireworks (Itabashi Fireworks). This year it is scheduled for the first time in four years.

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