Held over a weekend in mid-October, the Kawagoe Festival is renowned as Koedo-Kawagoe’s liveliest event of the year.
The festival features spectacular festival floats carrying exquisitely crafted dolls which are pulled around the center of Koedo-Kawagoe’s landmark Kurazukuri (traditional warehouse architecture) Zone. A highlight is an aspect known as ‘Hikkawase’ — a face off between floats with their accompanying orchestras while being cheered on by onlookers.
The origin of the festival is in 1648 with the “Jinkosai” festival at Hikawa Shrine which is held before the main festival on October 14th.
This year there will also be a special app released to better find your way around the festival.
Floats will be paraded through the streets (13:00–15:30) — route here.
Lanterns are lit on the floats and music is performed (18:00–19:00) — layout here.
A special skill by a craftsman will be shown in front of Saitama Risona Bank, Kawagoe Branch (18:20–18:40).
Floats parade in front of the city hall (13:30–16:30)
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