Late Mar
Mid May
Koinobori up close

Tatebayashi Koinobori Festival

See around 5000 carp streamers flying in the breeze

By Kim    - 1 min read
Venue: Tatebayashi, Gunma, Japan When: Late Mar - Mid May 2021
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

Each year in the lead up to Children's Day held on May 5th, you'll notice carp streamers, or koinobori, hung in various places across Japan. The streamers are said to symbolize strength and perseverance, since carp swim upstream - traits that most parents would wish upon their little ones.

In Gunma Prefecture's Tatebayashi City, approximately 60 kilometers north of Tokyo, an annual koinobori event sees several thousand of these carp streamers brightly coloring the region. There are several spots in the city where the streamers are hung, but the bulk of them fly above the Tsuruuda River.

Getting there

By Public Transport:

The carp streamers over the Tsuruuda River are approximately 20 minutes on foot from Tatebayashi Station on the Tobu Railway Isesaki Line. Taxis are available from the station itself.

By Car:

Alternatively, if you're visiting the area via private vehicle, the site is about 15 minutes by car from the Tohoku Expressway's Tatebayashi Interchange.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Elena Lisina 11 months ago
Wonderful view! I used to come to Japan in April and always enjoyed those carp streamers. I bought small ones and brought home though my sons were already grownups. :D
Kim Author 11 months ago
They are a fun souvenir for any age!