Saitama – Kawagoe Matsuri

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The official name of Kawagoe Matsuri is “Kawagoe Hikawa Matsuri,” and it has a long history of over 360 years. It is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. During the festival, spectacular floats that carry elaborate dolls parade through the streets. The daytime is a great chance to see the ornate detailing on each float up close. At night, enjoy the fantastical atmosphere while watching the floats illuminated with colorful lights.

The Festival’s Main Event, “Hikkawase”

During Hikkawase, floats face off and compete with each other in a hayashi performance (traditional Japanese orchestra, made up of flutes, taiko drums, hand bells, and dancing). The evening Hikkawase is particularly exciting, with the paper lanterns hanging from the floats swaying and casting their light about.

October 19th 2019: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
October 20th 2019: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Various places in the city
※Time may go back and forth.


Additionally, there is an area called Koedo near Kawagoe Station which is built up of an old architectural style called “kurazukuri,” so be sure to give it a visit! The kurazukuri area has been chosen as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Most Beautiful Historical Areas.”

Kawagoe, Kurazukuri Town, Osawa Family Residence
[Kawagoe, Kurazukuri Town, Osawa Family Residence]

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39 Wakitahoncho, Kawagoe City, Saitama
※Floats are in different locations depending on the time of day, so refer to the festival’s web page for details
Directly outside of Kawagoe Station
October 19th, 20th 2019
Refer to the website