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Sakaigawa Yomeiri Bune: Festival to See Wedding Ceremony in the River

Mami

Shimizu

Writer

What is your image of wedding in Japan? A bride and a groom in kimono at a shrine?
Well, that is a standard one to think of. But did you know that we can have wedding ceremony in the river too? If you haven’t seen Japanese wedding, you definitely don’t want to miss this one.
In this article, I will introduce a quite unique yet traditional wedding ceremony which anyone can be a part of in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture.

Event Breakdown:

The city where Disney resort is located is exactly what we are looking for.
In the old days, boats and ships were main transportations for those who lived near rivers in Japan. Newly married brides were no exception. They came to their husbands’ town by boat called Sappa Bune(サッパ舟), introducing brides to neighborhood.
A local event organized by Urayasu-city called Café terrace in Sakaigawa (境川) contains first class hotels’ food stalls, various performances on a stage, and a hiking from Urayasu Station along the Sakai river. As the highlight of the entire event, they reproduced this old custom of our nation.
Every spring, Urayasu-city recruits a couple newly marrying grooms and brides who want to get on Sappa boat. Each pair gets to ride their own Sappa boat and goes down the river.

Things To Do and See:

In this event, you can not only celebrate the newly married couples on the boat, but also enjoy fabulous food and the nice weather of spring.
As you can see in the picture blow, the river sides are filled with audience and food booths of first class hotels in the area. You get to choose your meal from curry and rice, rice bowls with steak, fried noodles, and many others.
Also, a 9.5km hike from Urayasu station can bring you to local shrines, parks and fishers’ market(浦安魚市場). The market closes by noon, so you better visit there in the morning.

Details and Access:

Urayasu-city is located at the east side of Tokyo, right next to Edogawa Ward. Since the roads along the Sakai River will be closed, and no parking lots are available taking a train is the best way to get there. The nearest station is Urayasu station on Tokyo Metro Tozai Line or Shin Urayasu station on Keiyo Line.
The event including Yomeiri Bune is usually held on a weekend in April or May. This year, it will be on April 28th and 29th from 10am to 4pm.

Other Things to Do In Urayasu:

Urayasu-city is a big town with many shops and amusements. The Tokyo Disney resort is the biggest one to remark. If you are a shopping person, you can visit Mitsui Outlet Park in Makuhari.
If you are there on the right timing, you can enjoy cherry blossoms too. There are 22 best spots and lots of other places to see cherry blossoms in Urayasu.

Closing Remarks:

A classic but very modern way of wedding is right there in Urayasu. There is no way you can miss this big opportunity to enjoy it.
Sakaigawa Yomeiri Bune and the Café Terrace Sakaigawa can let you experience both modern and traditional Japan.

 

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Mami Shimizu

A mama writer from Hyogo, who loves her life in countryside, spending time with her family, and singing while driving.

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