Tokorozawa Citizen's Festival 2023

Information for the 44rd annual Tokorozawa Citizens Festival, a large and popular festival, at Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial park, near Tokyo.

There are dozens of events in Tokorozawa in the month of October, including at least three festivals. This citizen’s festival is extremely popular, with an estimated 300,000 visitors over the two days in 2022. But somehow manages to keep the local feel. Some of the highlights of the festival include traditional performances, events for children, a flea market and food trucks galore.

Tokorozawa Citizens Festival

After a two year hiatus, the Tokorozawa Citizens festival came back in 2022, much to the delight of locals. The large two day festival is held a the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park annually. Generally on the last weekend of October. In 2023, it will be on Saturday October 28th and Sunday October 29th.

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial park is always a pleasure to visit, but especially when there is a festival on. At the Tokorozawa Citizen’s Festival you can enjoy such things as:

  • A live stage,
  • Dance performances,
  • Traditional music, such as taiko
  • Traditional performances such as shishimai
  • Sporting demonstrations
  • Try new sports
  • Festival stalls,
  • A Flea market,
  • Food trucks (Kitchen cars)
  • Dozens of events for kids
  • Mini Steam Locomotive
  • Fire brigade corner
  • Other!

There is so much to do at the festival that there is a website (linked at the bottom of the post) with pages and pages of information!

With kids

There are dozens of things for kids to enjoy such as the mini steam locomotive. In 2022, there was also a cardboard maze which is always a hit with smaller kids. In addition, they had a beigoma tutorial and beigoma competition. On top of that there was a magician, giant karuta, and kamishibai to name but a few. It is expected that it will be the same in 2023. There will also be songs and dance for smaller children. From my understanding, there are also some sports they can try out on the day. And of course, you’ll find all sorts of culinary treats for kids (yourself!) in the booth area of the festival.

Information

Event: Tokorozawa Citizens Festival 所沢市民フェスタバル

Date: Saturday October 28th and Sunday October 29th 2023

Time: 10 am to 4 pm on both days

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park (Tokorozawa kokukinen kouen, 所沢航空記念公園), 1 Chome-13 Namiki, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0042. View on Google Maps.

Access

By train: The Seibu Shinjuku line’s Kokukoen station 「航空公園駅」・「こうくうこうえん」is right beside the number 5 entrance / exit to the park on the west side. By car: The park is approximately 6 kilometers from the Tokorozawa Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway.

Official event website

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