Yorii Hojo Festival
The 59th annual Hojo Festival in Yorii was scheduled to take place on May 10th 2020 between 9 am and 3 pm. However, in 2021, they didn’t even schedule the festival. It was just announced as cancelled. Due to the novel Coronavirus Covid-19 the Yorii Hojo Festival will not take place in 2021. Official cancellation notification.
The festival is celebrated each year in remembrance of the great Hojo battle of 1590. Approximately 50,000 spectators come to see the recreation of the famous battle with about 500 actors in Samurai traditional costume. The battle is renowned, because General Hojo held position at Hachigata Castle with just 3,500 warriors against 50,000 of the Toyotomi army who invaded Odawara in 1590.
In addition, there is also a food festival held simultaneously in the same area on the day. The festival doesn’t go ahead in bad weather, such as rain or high winds.
The festival is only ten minutes on foot from JR, Tobu Tojo Line, Chichibu Railway’s Yorii Station to the Tamayodo riverbank area. You can also get a Steam Locomotive train, the Paleo Express, back to Kumagaya after this festival from the Yorii station on the Chichibu Railway Line. Please note that you would need to book a reserved ticket fast (in advance) to secure a place. Moreover, from Kumagaya you can get a shinkansen to Tokyo. It only takes about 40 minutes.
Other attractions in Yorii
And nearby:If you are coming by car via the Kanetsu Expressway the Yorii Little Prince Parking Area may also be of interest.
**Featured image at top of article from Saitama Prefecture’s old tourism website which unfortunately has been replaced**