The 45th Koganei Awa Odori Festival will be held a 6 minute walk away from Wild Cherry Blossom Hostel.
「The 45th Koganei Awa Odori Festival」Information
Date and Time：2023/７/22(sat)-2023/７/23(sun) 17:00~19:00
Place：Around「JR Musashi Koganei Station」
Have you ever heard of “Awa odori”?Awa Odori is a dance with a history of over 400 years, originating from a prefecture in Japan called Tokushima. Nowadays, it is not only danced in Tokushima but all over Japan and it is one of Japan’s most famous summer dance festivals.
Every July and August, Awa Odori becomes the subject of national attention: when over a million people turn out to the streets of Tokyo to watch or participate in this traditional folk dance.
Have a look at the video below!
And a little bit more about Awa Odori:
This is one of many theories but it is said that Awa Odori was born from Bon Odori. What is Bon Odori? Obon is a week-long holiday in Japan where it is believed that the spirits of dead relatives and ancestors return during the summer. Many Japanese people return to their hometowns to pay their respects. In the evenings, festival stalls are set up with a giant stage in the center and there is a dance performed by attendees around this stage called “Bon Odori” meaning Obon dance.
In Tokyo, there are only a few places where you can see Awaodori performances, so we are very proud that Musashi-Koganei, where our hostel is located, has been one of those places since 1979. As our hostel is just about a 6 minute walk away from the event location, it is a good chance to deep dive into knowing Japanese culture through this exciting traditional dance.
↓Performances Last Year ↓（source：https://koganeiawaodori.jp/video44/）
Apart from Awa Odori, there are other things worth checking out in Koganei. If you go a little north, you’ll find Koganei Park and the Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.
How about staying with us during your travels?
Apart from the regular room stay, we also offer a short term lounge plan (1000 for the first 2 hours and 300 every hour after) so you have somewhere to rest and escape the heat before and after watching the performances.
And for those who can’t go and see Koganei Awa Odori, there are many other cities holding Awa Odori festivals, such as:
|Kagurazaka Awa Odori||2023/7/28 ～7/29|
|Kasei Awa Odori（Toritsu-Kasei）||2023/7/30|
|Narimasu Awa odori||2023/8/3|
|Nakameguro Awa Odori||2023/8/5|
|Shita Kitazawa No.1 Town Awa Odori||2023/8/19～2023/8/20|
|Koenji Awa Odori||2023/8/26～8/27|
|Sangenjaya Sakae Street Awa Odori Festival||2023/8/27|