Saitama: Uchiwa Matsuri

Annual festival of the shrine, featuring a parade of beautifully decorated 12 floats to the tune of festival music daily during the period. The highlight of this festival is tatakiai in which young men compete in drumming on the floats.

Schedule & Key events:
● July 20 from 7 p.m.: Tatakiai in front of JR Kumagaya Station
● July 21 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Parade of floats in the city
from 6 p.m.: Tatakiai in front of Yagihashi department store
● July 22 from 8 p.m.: Tatakiai at Omatsuri Hiroba

Location: Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Omatsuri Hiroba, JR Kumagaya Station and others, Kumagaya, Saitama

JR Takasaki Line to Kumagaya Station (North Exit), and then walk 5 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.