Omiya Hikawa Jinja (大宮氷川神社), located 15 minutes away from Omiya Station, is one of the largest Shinto shrines around Tokyo. Omiya Station is a railway terminal served by more than 10 railroad lines including the JR Keihin Tohoku Line, the JR Utsunomiya Line, the JR Takasaki Line, and the JR Saikyo Line. The station, located in the Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, is a 30-minute ride from Tokyo Station if you use the JR Takasaki Line or the JR Utsunomiya Line. It is also a 30-minute ride from JR Shinjuku Station using the JR Saikyo Line rapid service.
At this shrine, a large fair called the Tookamachi (十日市) is held on December 10 annually.
Tookamachi at Omiya Hikawa Shrine
Every year, on December 10th (date fixed no matter what day of the week it is), a large fair called the Tookamachi is held at Omiya Hikawa Jinja. Decorated bamboo rakes are sold in the shrine precincts, and around the shrine, some two thousand stalls are set up mainly selling foods. This is a market accompanying a ceremony called the Daitosai held from November 30 through December 11.