Urawa Mikoshi photo from Saitama City can be used for PR

The 43rd annual Urawa Mikoshi Festival has been scheduled for July in 2023. A mikoshi is a portable shrine. It is one of dozens of summer festivals in Saitama City, of which several take place in Urawa City.

Urawa Mikoshi Festival

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A “mikoshi” is a portable shrine, carried by many people who have trained for many weeks to carry it in tandem. At this festival there is also a children’s tarumikoshi. Children and adults carry the mikoshi up and down a stretch of the Nakasendo trail, an historic route that linked Kyoto to Edo (current day Tokyo). The Urawa Mikoshi festival is just one of dozens of summer festivals in Saitama, that are on the Nakasendo trail.

The Urawa Mikoshi Festival is usually on the fourth Sunday of July. In 2023, that is July 23rd. Moreover, it is one of two festivals in Urawa on that date. The other is the Yosakoi festival at Minami Urawa Station. The Yosakoi Festival was on in 2022, but the Mikoshi Festival wasn’t. The mikoshi procession starts around 14.15 near JR Urawa station’s west exit.

Information

Event: Urawa Mikoshi (Portable Shrine) Festival 2023 第43回みこし渡御

Date: Sunday July 23rd 2023

Time: from 2.15 to 8.30 pm.

Admission: free

Venue: JR Urawa Station, 1 Chome-16-12 Takasago, Urawa Ward, Saitama, 330-0063. View on Google Maps.

Access

The festival is carried out on the Nakasendo trail from under the Shinurawa bridge down to around Tsuki Shrine, which is one of the oldest shrine’s in Saitama. The festival area is close to the west exit of Urawa Station.

Official website

View all the (larger) summer festivals Saitama Prefecture also on this summer. In addition, all of July’s bigger events are here.

Editor’s note: this post was temporarily removed from the site during the pandemic as the event was cancelled for three years in a row, from 2020 to 2022. R20180614. R3230620

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