Iwatsuki Watsu street marche market

The Watsu Street Market is a regular event in the Iwatsuki Ward of Saitama City. There is usually one street market a month and each month they have a different theme. This month’s theme is “meat”! They will have several live Jazz performances on the day, which they call “Iwatsuki Jazz Stage”. There are also food and shop stalls as well as food trucks. The event maybe cancelled last minute if the weather is very bad.

Watsu Market

There are four different groups performing on the day. You can see details for each (in Japanese) on the official website linked at the bottom of the post. A summary of the line up and times of the jazz performances:

(from the official website)

In addition to enjoying the live Jazz music, you can also pick up food and handmade goods at the market. They have a workshop too. There will also be an Iwatsuki Doll museum promotion booth there on the day too. Again, the official event page (linked below) has great information about what stalls will be there on the day and what you can buy at them.

One of the most popular and special of the Watsu Markets, is the night market. There was just one in April, so the next one will probably be in the summer.

Information

Event: (Watsu) Street Market: Meat Festival ワッツストリートマルシェ『肉まつり』

Date: Saturday May 18th 2024

Time: from 11 am to 4 pm

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: The market is in the general area of the east exit of the Iwatsuki station (Tobu Urban Park Line), known as Crescent Mall, which is by Watsu mall, 3 Chome-2-5 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward, Saitama, 339-0057. View on Google Maps.

Access

It is easiest to come by public transport – Iwatsuki station is on the Tobu Urban Park Line, Noda line. The market is at the east exit. There are some coin parking lots in the area if you come by car.

The official website has lots of great information. It is in the Japanese language but it is quite visual.

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