Join in with the Locals and Enjoy the Kawagoe MATSURI only on October 21st

Cultural & Theme Tours in Tokyo

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Come and join this once in a lifetime chance to be part of a traditional Japanese festival.  With this program you will be able to participate in a festival with the local Japanese people helping pulling the float for the festival. This experience is very rare that only people who are involved in the float committee can only participate, however with this program you have special access allowing you to pull the float.
About the Kawagoe Matsuri  Every year on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of October the Kawagoe festival is held. What makes this festival special is that nearly 30 massive hand crafted dashi (floats) is hand-pulled by people.  It has a history of more than 360 years when the reigning Lord Matsudaira Nobutsuna a Mikoshi (portable shrine) to Hikawa Shrine, which is the main shrine in Kawagoe. From 1651 onward, neighborhoods of shrine parishioners would dress up in costumes and carry floats to represent their district, this tradition has been ongoing since then.  The schedule of the day  3:00PM Meet your guide at Kawagoeshi station.  3:30PM Move to the Kawagoe City Hall.  4:00PM~6:00PM Dashi Pulling (Float Pulling) Experience  6:00PM~ Free Time to Look Around

What’s included

  • English speaking local guide
  • Dashi pulling (Float Pulling) experience

What’s not included

  • Food and Beverages
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off