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Things to do / Traditional festivals

Saitama: Kawagoe Matsuri

Festival designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
The highlight of this festival is a parade of 18 adorned floats to the tune of Ohayashi festival music with Taiko drumming and Japanese flute.

Schedule & Key
● Oct. 19
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Parade of mikoshi from Hikawa-jinja shrine, going
throughout the town
6 p.m.-7 p.m. Floats are lit up and Ohayashi is performed
from 6:20 p.m.: Acrobatic performances by steeplejacks
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Parade of floats by townspeople jostling each other at
several sites
● Oct. 20
1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Parade of floats throughout the town
6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Parade of floats by townspeople jostling each other at
several sites

Location: Hikawa-jinja Shrine and others, Kawagoe, Saitama


Access:
(1) JR Saikyo Line, Kawagoe Line or Tobu Tojo Line to Kawagoe Sta. (2) Seibu Shinjuku Line to Hon-Kawagoe Sta.


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.