A Two-day Festival That Will Transport You Back in Time to the Traditional Aesthetic Streets of Edo-Period JapanCulture
The Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine Festival is held on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of October every year and this year it will take place on October 19 and 20.
Kawagoe Festival has a long-standing history of almost 370 years, said to have originated in around the mid-17th century based on the style of the Edo Tenka Matsuri (festival).
Since its inception, the festival has carried on rich traditions to preserve the atmosphere of Edo-period Japan in Kawagoe: where streets lined with traditional Edo-period warehouses and shops remain to this day. This year, 18 floats from all over Kawagoe City will take part in the momentous festival.
As a result of extensive urbanization, large-scale float parades are seldom seen in Tokyo. In Kawagoe City, however, festivals are supported by the flourishing businesses of local merchants and craftsmen, who aim to pass on and preserve Edo-period festival customs for future generations to enjoy. Please come and experience the atmosphere of the Edo Period for yourself in Kawagoe City, aptly nicknamed 'Little Edo'.
A key feature of the Kawagoe Festival is that visitors can enjoy a multitude of differing festival experiences throughout the two-day period. The floats and decorations from each region of the City vary greatly, providing visitors with the opportunity to enjoy comparing the unique traits of individual regions' floats. As day turns to night, the luminescent paper lanterns and mystical tunes of traditional live music intertwine to create an otherworldly, magical experience.
Additionally, the Kawagoe Festival Museum features a range of exhibitions and videos which capture the essence and atmosphere of the Kawagoe Festival, meaning guests can enjoy a taste of the real-life spectacle any time of the year!
■Kawagoe Matsuri (Festival) Museum
Official site : https://kawagoematsuri.jp/matsurimuseum/ (Only in Japanese)
Address : 2-1-10 Moto-machi,Kawagoe-shi, Saitama, 350-0062, Japan
Phone : 049-225-2727
Access : Station:Kawagoe-shi (Tobu Tojo Line) about 20 minutes on foot / Station:Hon-Kawagoe(Seibu Shinjuku Line) about 15 minutes on foot / Station:Kawagoe(JR Line and Tobu Tojo Line) about 30 minutes on foot
All photos by Industry and Tourism Department Tourism Division of Kawagoe City Government