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Gifu: Furukawa Matsuri

Annual Festival of the shrine, designated as one of the National Intangible Folk-Cultural Property. The highlight of this festival is okoshi-daiko, in which hundreds of partially clothed men parade on the streets beating drums and singing folk songs.

Schedule & Key events:
● daily
morning to evening parade of nine gorgeously decorated yatai and mikoshi, and performance of karakuri ningyo and kodomo kabuki (traditional play by boys) on them a few times a day
● April 19
8 p.m.--12:30 p.m. Okoshi-daiko performance

Location: Keta Wakamiya-jinja Shrine and others, Furukawa-cho, Hida, Gifu


Access:
JR Takayama Honsen Line to Hida-Furukawa Station, and then walk 5 min.


Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.