Flyer for the 2023 Yoshikawa Summer Yasaka Festival

Information for the Yoshikawa Yasaka Festival, a summer festival, in 2023. This festival was cancelled each year between 2020 and 2022, so this is the first time in four years that the festival will be on (all things equal).

Yoshikawa Yasaka Festival

A local two day summer festival on in mid July annually in Yoshikawa City. This summer festival features eight portable shrines, known as mikoshi in Japanese. There is also a children’s mikoshi at this festival, both on the Saturday and Sunday. Yoshikawa have celebrated this festival for more than 400 years. It is famous for the “abare-mikoshi”, where they throw the portable shrines into the air. My nerves! They perform this ritual to pray for a bountiful harvest, prosperous business and to ward off of ill health and pandemics! Pity they didn’t perform this ritual during the pandemic so!

The festival is on in the Hiranuma area of Yoshikawa. A map of the festival area from Yoshikawa City here. This area is very close to Koshigaya Lake Town! Please note, they pedestrianise much of the festival area both days.

>>Find even more summer festivals on in July in Saitama Prefecture this year.

Information

Event: Yoshikawa Yasaka (Summer) Festival 令和5年度吉川八坂祭り

Dates: Saturday July 15th and Sunday July 16th 2023

Time: from 10 am to 3 pm and again from 7 to 8 pm on the Saturday and from 10 am to 9 pm on the Sunday.

Cost: free

Venue: Hiranuma, Yoshikawa, Saitama 342-0056. View on Google Maps. See the PDF linked in the third paragraph for a more detailed view of the main festival location.

Access

It is advised to come by public transport. The nearest train station is Yoshikawa Station on the Musashino Line.

Official event page

Editor’s note: this summer festival was first published on the site in a summer festival round up in 2014. It was temporarily removed from the site during the pandemic, because the festival was cancelled between 2020 and 2022 due to the pandemic.

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