Sawara's proud grand float festival with 300 years of history since the Edo era
The Sawara Grand Festival
Sarawa Grand Festivals (UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage) are the general name given to the two festivals, the Yasaka-jinja (shrine) Gion Festival held on first Friday to Sunday after July 10th and the Suwa-jinja (shrine) Autumn Festival held on Friday to Sunday in the second week of October every year. It is called one of 3 float festivals in Greater Tokyo area with and has a tradition of about 300 years.
The sounds of the Sawara Hayashi, one of Japan's three most famous festival music, are echoed throughout the town, while walking through the streets called Koedo (preservation districts for a group of important national historical buildings). The float march is reminiscent of the scene from Edo era.(last Samurai period)
The strongest point of Sawara’s festival floats is to have a big figure settled on top of each float, nearly 5m tall. Most of these figures were made by exquisite artisans. the floats are made of 100% Keyaki trees and decorated with heavy Japanese beautiful carvings in the Kanto style.
In 2004, the "Sahara float event" was designated as an important intangible folk cultural property. In 2016, the "33 Mountain, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals including the Sahara Grand festival was registered on UNESCO’s representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Sawar Grand Festival
【SMMR Fes】Fri. 10 Jul ~ Sun. 12 Jul
【AUT Fes】Fri. 09 Oct ~ Sun. 11 Oct
10:00~22:00 (rain or shine)
※Floats will be covered with plastic shees if it rains.
【SMMR Fes】near Yasaka shrine
【AUT Fes】near Sawara station
|The nearest station||
Sawara Sta.（JR Narita line）
English translater available at tourist information center.
Katori city, Commerce and Tourism department
SUIGO-SAWARA Tourist Association
Sawara Hayashi, Japan's top three festival musics
A splendid float parade decorated with Japan's largest figures
In the evening, the lanterns are lit and the scenery of Sarawa is worth visiting.