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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri

Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri Saitama (July)

Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri is held for three days and is considered to be the best Gion Matsuri in the Kanto region. Originally, there was a custom of serving rice boiled with red beans (Kumagaya no Sekihan Furumai) to ward off evil spirits. This custom later changed to one in which fans were distributed instead, and as it gained popularity it became known as Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri. Twelve magnificently decorated floats and portable stages parade around the city area. Particularly impressive is the "Hikiawase Tatakiai", in which each town plays music in competition with the others.


Central city district - Yasaka Jinja, Kumagaya City, Saitama

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By Train

Get off at Kumagaya station on either the JR Takasaki line or the Chichibu Railway. Approx. 5 min. walk.

By Car

Approx. 20 min. from the Higashimatsuyama interchange of the Kan-Etsu Expressway.

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