three geisha walking between buildings

Tokorozawa are planning to hold the much loved Tokorozawa Festival in 2022, for the first time in four years. In 2019 they cancelled the festival last minute on account of typhoon Hagibis. In 2020 they cancelled the event early on in anticipation of a second or third wave of the Coronavirus outbreak. And in 2021, they announced early on that the festival would not go ahead in 2021 either.

Tokorozawa Festival

In previous years you could enjoy the festival over two days. However, since 2018 the main parade, music and street performances all happen on the one and only day of the festival. It will be the same in 2022. They have scheduled the festival for Sunday October 9th 2022. They are planning to host a festival similar to how it was to pre-pandemic. However, the hours are little shorter than normal, starting at 11 am and finishing at 7 pm. Before the pandemic it was 10.30 am to 9 pm.

Volunteers carry the mikoshi portable shrine up and down the main thoroughfare. Starting from the West exit of Tokorozawa Station to Kanayama area. You can usually see a lot of the activities around the Motomachi community wide space 元町コミュニティ広場 from 1 to 7 pm. Presumably it will be the same or similar in 2022. There are also usually festivities around the station area from early morning until about 8 pm. On that day you can not drive up the main thoroughfare until after 9 pm at night. Among the many things you can enjoy, apart from the mikoshi, are Taiko drums and yosakoi traditional dance performances, and traditional music.  There is a bazaar with booths and stalls.

Normally, I share the festival brochure in this post with the line up of events for the day, but at this moment in time there is no brochure available for 2022. Moreover, it is quite likely they won’t make one for this year. That has been the situation for about 90% of the festivals that have gone ahead this year, despite the pandemic.

2022 Information

Date: Sunday October 9th

Time: 11 am to 7 pm

Venue: Around Tokorozawa Station

Access Tokorozawa Festival

The festival is held close to the Tokorozawa station which is on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.

Other things to do in Tokorozawa:

If you are a Ghibli fan you will not want to miss the chance to hike the Totoro Forests and visit Kurosuke’s House in Sayama Hills. However, please note that since Kurosuke’s House reopened in 2022, they no longer allow people share photos of the location on social media. If you want to visit, you have to sign an affidavit to that effect. Furthermore, it is no longer free and you must book in advance. But don’t worry there is lots of other things to do in Tokorozawa at the new Tokorozawa Sakura Town. Tokorozawa is also home to the very excellent Aviation Memorial Park and Aviation Museum.

For more events in Saitama please see the main events category.


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