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Event Schedule

Japanese Matsuri (festivals) for local people are intended to offer prayers to Shinto and Buddhist deities, to give thanks to nature and provide enjoyment.
January

Usokae Matsuri

This festival is a festival you can get ‘birds[usodori]’,
which changes the wickedness of the worshipers of the year into good things and it is told that Tenjin changes truth that you got true.

March

Taiko Matsuri

Taiko groups from all over Japan gather and show their competitive performances. One of the best events to see the taiko drum, a traditional Japanese musical instrument.

April

Hanamomo-no-Sato Matsuri

The annual festival is held at Hanamomo-no-Sato when 300 Hana peach (hanamomo) trees, collected from all over the world, are in full bloom.

July

Horoyoi walk

Event buying tickets and drinking 5 shops in Iisaka Onsen area.
You can find hidden shops that you can not go on everyday.
There is a chance that prizes are hit by lottery.

August

Iizaka Summer Festival

Festival held around the Kyu-Horikiritei.
Several experiential events will be held. “Furin-Eduke” as Draw various pictures on wind chimes.
“MukashiAsobi” as Traditional Japanese children’s game.
On the stage, Iizaka taiko is played and Hula dance show will be held.
Moreover beer garden will be held in the square in front of Iizaka Onsen station. There are a lot of musicians participating, a music festival is held.
Fireworks will be launched from 19:30

October

Iizaka Kenka Matsuri

This famous festival has 300 years of history.
Every year, this festival is held on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday there is a ceremony called “Igyo-shiki”. In the ceremony, the god in the main shrine (Hachiman shrine) is moved to a small shrine.
The highlight of the entire festival is definitely Saturday. On the day, children from 8 districts carry their floats and march around the town from morning to evening.
Then in the evening, beautiful floats decorated with lanterns from 6 districts appear in the town center. Those floats are not carried by children but men beating taikos (Japanese traditional drum) very aggressively.
The small shrine and the 6 floats march around the town and at last get to the entrance of the Hachiman shrine.
When the floats get to the entrance, they start fighting intensively.
When the small shrine gets back to the main shrine, this festival ends.
Therefore, in order to stop the small shrine to enter the main one, the 6 floats try to block the small one, fighting other floats. Everybody in this town wants to enjoy the festival as long as possible.
The men carrying the floats have to beat the drums continuously because the sound of the drums are thought to be the heartbeat.
If they stop drumming, they are not qualified to continue to attend this festival.
On Sunday, there will be a ritual called “Kouchin-sai (ritual to heal the fatigue of the god)” and a ritual called “Senshuraku Shimaidaiko (Drum activity to wrap up the entire festival)”.

Come to Iizaka, to experience this super exciting festival!