Teppou Matsuri 2016 (Rifle Shooting Festival)

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The Chichibu Area’s End-of-Year Event

Although the Chichibu Area hosts a wide variety of festivals throughout the year, the finale of those, the Teppou Matsuri at Iida Hachiman Shrine, is held at the end of the year.

In addition to kabuki performances on the first day and the festival going on all day from 10:00 on the second day, Teppou Matsuri also features all-day offerings of the sacred dance “kagura” in the shrine’s Kagura-den. At around noon, the celebratory dance “sanbaso” is performed above the festival stalls, followed by kabuki performances. In the evening, the proceeding “daimyo gyoretsu” begins, followed by the highlight of the event, “Otachi.” During Otachi, many local hunters gather with their hunting guns and matchlocks, and as they fire blank shots into the air, creating pillars of smoke and fire, two sacred horses gallop up the path to the shrine.

Teppou Matsuri (Rifle Shooting Festival)

Overview of Teppou Matsuri 2016 (Rifle Shooting Festival)

Basic information on Teppou Matsuri 2016 (Rifle Shooting Festival)

Event Period
December 10th 2016 through December 11th
2756 Iida, Ogano Town, Chichibu Area, Saitama Prefecture
Around the Hachiman Shrine, Ogano Town, Saitama Prefecture
About 10 minutes by bus on the Seibu Bus Ogano-Kurio route. Get on the bus at the Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Seibu Chichibu Station, and ride until the Kurio stop.