Koenji Awa Odori

By David
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Koenji is a great suburb just a few stops from Shinjuku. It is known for its music culture and hosting several large festivals including an Awa Odori.

The traditional dance has 10,000 dancers and hosts around 1 million visitors over the two-day event.

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As this is a two-day event and the route covers a lot of Koenji starting near the south entrance of Koenji Station. This means you can probably get a good seat. You can do what the Japanese do and have someone arrive early and reserve a spot by laying down a sheet of plastic.

The only area that gets crowded is under the broadway, especially when it rains.

Bring a cushion. You can get foldable cushions at most 100 yen shops.


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