Akita Prefecture – Kakunodate Matsuri’s Yama Gyoji

Written by Editorial department
14 Jun 2019
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Kakunodate Matsuri’s Yama Gyoji is one of 33 “Yama, Hoko, Yatai Gyoji” float festivals chosen to be added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritages.

This festival has over 350 years of history, and is held by Shimei and Yakushido Shrines in the Kakunodate area of Akita Prefecture’s Semboku City.
Young men pull floats, called hikiyama, through the town, and when the paths of two floats meet, they are thrown together in massive collisions to determine which will go ahead first!
Elegant dances and extraordinary decorated dolls on the floats are also must-sees!

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Akita Prefecture – Kakunodate Matsuri’s Yama Gyoji

Address
Kakunodate-cho’s old town, Semboku City, Akita Prefecture
Access
A short walk from the JR Tazawako Line and Akita Shinkansen’s “Kakunodate Station”
Event Period
September 7th-9th annually
Viewing Fee
Free
URL(English)
http://kakunodate-kanko.jp/language/en/events/automn.html