Saitama: Chichibu Kawase Matsuri

Annual festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is mikoshi-arai, a ritual that mikoshi is carried into Arakawa River.

Schedule & Key events:
● July 19
from 7 p.m.: Rite to build a pillar to welcome Susanoo, Shinto god, at the shrine
from 8 p.m.: Fireworks display and parade of eight floats in the city
● July 20
from 1:30 p.m.: Parade of mikoshi from the shrine to the river
from 2:30 p.m.: mikoshi-arai ritual
from 6 p.m.: Parade of eight floats in the city

Location: Chichibu-jinja Shrine, Arakawa River and others, Chichibu, Saitama

(1) JR Takasaki Line to Kumagaya Station. From there, take Chichibu Tetsudo Line to Chichibu Station, and then walk 3 min.; (2) Seibu Chichibu Line to Seibu-Chichibu Station, and then walk 10 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.