Urawa Unagi Eel festival

The caption “Only in Japan” comes to mind for this unique and intriguing annual festival in Saitama’s capital city. And it is the pride of the people of Urawa. It is quite famous too.

Urawa Unagi / Eel Festival

The Urawa Unagi or Eel festival was started to promote a style of eel cooking started in Urawa in the Edo Period. The unagi bento are the focal point of the festival, but you can also watch eel cooking demonstrations and even try your hand at catching some live eel! They also sell other local produce at the festival. In addition, local school children put on a mini dance show!

The event is so popular that a few years ago they started selling tickets for the bento in advance! In 2024, they will sell 1200 tickets in advance from 10 am Wednesday May 8th. There are also 800 tickets available on the day of the festival, May 25th. They go on sale from 8.30 am and you can pick up your bento box from 10 am. A ticket costs 2000 yen. You can buy up to two tickets per person (in previous years it was three). The advance tickets are sold at a booth in front of the Urawa Parco at Urawa Station’s east exit.


Information

Event: Urawa Unagi Festival 第20回さいたまし浦和うなぎ祭り

Date: Saturday May 25th 2024 (as above, advance tickets on sale from May 8th)

Time: 10 am to 3 pm. If the event is cancelled due to rain it will be announced by 8 am on the day, on the official website linked at the bottom of the post.

Venue: on the day – Saitama City Hall, 6 Chome-4-4 Tokiwa, Urawa Ward, Saitama, 330-9588. View on Google Maps. For ticket purchases – in front of Parco Urawa, 11-1 Higashitakasagocho, Urawa Ward, Saitama, 330-0055. View on Google Maps.

Access

The unagi festival is held at the Saitama City Hall in Urawa. The nearest station is the Urawa Station which is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the venue. Naka-urawa station is also within walking distance. It takes about 20 minutes on foot from Naka Urawa Station to Saitama City Hall. Please note: there is no parking available.

Official event page.

This post was temporarily off the website during the pandemic. It was republished on April 27th 2023. Last update April 26th 2024.

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