Apr 26
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Kasukabe Wisteria Festival

Celebrate purple blossoms with music, dance and parades

By Elizabeth S    - 2 min read
Venue: Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan When: Sunday - Apr 26th 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm

In the last weekend of April each year, Kasukabe City celebrates its explosion of purple and white wisteria blossoms in Fuji Matsuri. This is a small, local festival, but don't miss it if you're nearby. It's an intimate and fun experience of a community celebrating its gorgeous flowers.

At the west exit of Kasukabe Station is a nearly two kilometer long avenue of wisteria trellises. Streets are rarely named in Japan, but this one is known as "Fujidori", Wisteria Street. Once a year this sleepy suburb of Tokyo comes to life with a vibrant community festival. You don't have to struggle to find a spot to see the action. You will find yourself up close to yosakoi dancers, marching bands, Edo Period recreation entertainment, and wadaiko drum performances. Enjoy the shade of the wisteria trellises, and try some of the many festival foods available at booths along the route.

If the festival gets rained out on the first day, the events are rescheduled for the next day.

Combine your trip to see Fuji Matsuri, the Wisteria Festival, with a visit to neighboring Iwatsuki Ward in Saitama City where you can experience Suzuki Shozo Sake Brewery and appreciate the local doll manufacturing at Iwatsuki Doll History Museum.

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You will see many of my stories on Japan Travel are about places and events outside of big city centers and tourist destinations. While I highly recommend the big name sights and experiences, I encourage visitors to see and feel the atmosphere off the beaten path, too. 

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Lynda Hogan a week ago
I hope this gets to go ahead. The one in Nagatoro was cancelled this year, not because of Covid, it was actually cancelled early in the year because of the damage from typhoon Hagibis.
Elizabeth S Author a week ago
Oh, that's so rough that the typhoon had a go at the wisteria.

The wisteria bloom at the garden in late April, and just into Golden Week. It's hard to say how the COVID situation will evolve between now and then. I'll update the event when I find out.
Elena Lisina 11 months ago
Blooming Fuji is my favorite tree in Japan - it looks like a fairy tale! :)
Kim B 11 months ago
There's something so beautifully dreamy about wisteria!
Elizabeth S Author 11 months ago
The colors are especially vibrant when it rains, and they’re fantastic when there is a little breeze to get them swaying.