Hear the Furin Sound and Cool Down at Furin Market!

Furin is wind bells made of glass or metal. It is one of the symbols of summer in Japan as the sound of furin is considered refreshing and soothing that makes people feel cool in humid summer. Small to large furin markets and festivals are held in Japan from July to August. Here, we introduce the top three famous furin events: Kawasaki Daishi Furin Market, Nishi-Arai Daishi Furin Market, and Enmusubi Furin at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine. Take a stroll over the market and enjoy the cool sound of furin of different designs.

Kawasaki Daishi Furin Market

This year will be the 20th Furin Market at Kawasaki Daishi. There will be 30,000 furin of 900 kinds from all parts of Japan. It will be interesting to see unique designs from different prefectures.

Dates and Hours
July 17 to 21, 2015
10 am – 6 pm (Only 20th until 8 pm)

4-48 Daishi-machi, Kawasaki-ku Kawasaki, Kanagawa

– Kawasaki Station on JR line. Take the bus bound for Kawasaki Daishi.
– Kawasaki Daishi station on Keikyu line.

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Official Website
Kawasaki Daishi (English)


Nishiarai Daishi Furin Market

This market also sells Furin from all parts of Japan. You will find both traditional and modern furin.

Dates and Hours
July 11 to August 2, 2015
Weekday 10 am – 4pm
Weekend and Public holiday 10am – 5pm

1-15-1 Nishiarai Adachiku, Tokyo

– Daishi-mae station on Tobu Daishi line (5-min walk).
– Nishiarai Daishi station on Nippori-Toneri liner (20-min walk).

Official Website
Nishiarai Daishi (Japanese only)


Enmusubi Furin at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

Enmusubi means gods of marriage and matchmaking. Since Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine has been worshiped as a shrine for gods of marriage and matchmaking from the past, this furin festival particularly has a theme of matchmaking. Visitors can purchase a tanzaku (a wooden tag) and write a wish and hang on one of the furins to wish a good luck on finding a partner. Following last year’s first and successful event that attracted over a hundred thousand people, this year the event will be held from July 4th until the end of August.

The symbolic Furin Kairo (Furin corridor) will be created with numbers of furin hung each with visitors’ wishes written on tanzaku (a wooden tag). The tanzaku is 500 yen and the furin is sold for 2000 yen. Visiting this festival at night is also recommended. There will be video projection on a stream in the image of Milky Way creating romantic atmosphere.

Furin Kairo at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

Dates and Hours
July 4 to August 31, 2015
9 am – 9 pm

4-48 Daishi-machi, Kawasaki-ku Kawasaki, Kanagawa

– From Kawagoe Station on JR or Tobu Tojo line.
Take Tobu bus from bus stop no.1 and get off at “Kitamachi” (5-min walk)
Take Tobu bus from bus stop no.7 and get off at “Miyashitamachi” (0-min walk)
Take Koedo junkai bus and get off at “Hikawa jinja mae” (0-min walk)

– From Hon-Kawagoe Station on Seibu Shinjuku line.
Take Tobu bus from bus stop no.5 and get off at “Miyashitamachi” (0-min walk)
Take Koedo junkai bus and get off at “Hikawa jinja mae” (0-min walk)

Special temporary buses bound for the shirin will be operated on weekends and public holidays until July 24, and everyday from July 25 to August 31.

Official Website
Enmusubi Furin Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (Japanese only)


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