Kawagoe Festival

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1:00pm – 9:00pm

Held over a weekend in mid-October, the Kawagoe Festival is renowned as Koedo-Kawagoe’s liveliest event of the year.

What happens?

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.

Schedule 2023

October 14 (Sat.)

  • Lanterns are lit on the floats and music is performed (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) — layout here.
  • A special skill by a craftsman will be shown in front of Saitama Risona Bank, Kawagoe Branch (6:20 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.).

October 15 (Sun.):

  • A ritual procession will take place between 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. towards Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine.
  • Some floats will be paraded in front of City Hall from (1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.).
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