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Paper lantern and giant doll float festival TENNO-SAMA
Jul. 12 and 18, 2024

A historic festival held in Kuki city, Saitama prefecture. Floats of giant dolls parade on streets in the day time, and the floats decorated with paper lanterns parade in the evening.

With a history of over 230 years, this traditional festival takes place every year on July 12th and 18th. Floats of giant dolls that figure historical heroes and mythological characters parade on streets in the daytime and the floats are redecorated with 500 paper lanterns in the evening that people spin around and hit with each other in excitement while parading.

Kuki Chochin Matsuri (Tenno-sama) Festival
久喜提燈祭り (天王様)

July 12th(Fri) and July 18th(Thu) 2024

12:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Kuki Station (West Exit), Kuki City, Saitama prefecture

YouTube by YouTube by Kuki City

Official website

Official information by Kuki City

Getting there from Tokyo by train

From Ueno Station on JR Line
Take a train on the JR Utsunomiya-sen Line and get off at JR Kuki Station. JR久喜駅 (Travel time: 46 min)

From Asakusa on Tobu Railway
Take a train on the Tobu Skytree Line and transfer at Hikifune station to take a rapid train bound for Tobu Kuki Station 東武久喜駅 (Travel time: 55 min).
You can reach Tobu Kiku Station without transfer if you take an express train Liberty (Travel time 44-min)

Google Maps: Kuki Station

Where to stay
There are limited accommodations near Kiku Station. For a hassle-free stay after the festival, booking a room at the hotel around Omiya station or another large station is suggested. Omiya is about 20 minutes by JR train (Kaisoku Express) from Kiku Station.