Wako Hot Pot Nabe Festival 2024

Nabe Grand Prix – Before the pandemic, there was a nabe festival every January in Wako City. After a three year hiatus due to you know what, the festival came back in 2023. And it is once again scheduled for 2024. Nabe is a type of hotpot. It is a traditional winter dish popular in many households around Japan.

Wako Nabe / Hot Pot festival

The Wako Nabe Festival is just one of dozens of hotpot festivals around Japan in winter. In 2017 Wako City hosted the”All Japan” grand prix. After which it just had the regional versions in Wako, with other prefectures hosting the “All Japan” festival. They had the nabe festival in 2020, they actually hosted the grand prix again. In 2023 and 2024, it is just a regional festival again. Furthermore, it is only on for one day (it was two before the pandemic), January 28th 2024, from 10 am to 3 pm. In other words, it is on a smaller scale than pre-pandemic.

When it is just a regional event – as in this year – there is usually about twenty nabe restaurants at the Wako site, but for the national competition there are over 1000 types of nabe to sample. There is also usually an “antenna” area with more than 30 antenna stalls. However, in 2024 there will be 25 nabe stalls and 25 antenna shops. Basically, the stalls in the antenna are food other than hotpot. Normally, they have some stage events, such as taiko drum performances.

Stamp Rally

Apart from the festival on Sunday January 28th, there is also a stamp rally which starts on Monday January 15th and runs until Monday February 5th. This year sixty-one (61) restaurants and shops are participating in the stamp rally. Those that are participating have a large yellow “hokkori nabe” flag outside their establishment. But you can see the full line up of all participants here. All you have to do is pick up a form, which each of the participants have, and get three different stamps to be put in a draw. Last year, the prizes included hotel tickets, Wako brand shop gift hamper and 3000 yen gift vouchers. However, the prize information for 2024 is not yet available.

Nabe Festival Information 2024

Event: Wako Nabe / Hot Pot Festival わこうのほっこり鍋

Date: Sunday January 28th 2024

Time: 10 am to 3 pm

Cost: free to enter the festival site. Obviously, food is charged!

Venue: On the grounds of Wako City Hall, 1-5 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0192. View on Google Maps.


The Wako Hokkori Nabe is held on the grounds of the city hall. It is about a 15 minute walk from Tobu Tojo Line and Yurakucho Line Wakoshi Station south exit.

There is no parking at this event. There is a coin parking lot at the nearby Wako Jurin Park.

For more events this month in Saitama.

Official Wako event website.

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