Things to do / Traditional festivals

Gunma: Takasaki Daruma Ichi

First fair of Daruma. Many open-air stalls selling Daruma, foods and drinks are set up and various performances including Japanese dance, Taiko (Japanese drum) and Shamisen(banjo-like instrument) are held during the festival period.
Another Daruma fair is also held at Shorinzan Daruma-ji Temple in the city on Jan. 6 - Jan. 7.

Schedule & Key events:
● daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Open-air stalls are set up along Ekimae-dori Street
● Jan. 1 12:55 p.m.-1:25 p.m. Shamisen
1:40 p.m.-2 p.m. Taiko
● Jan. 2 10 a.m.-10:20 a.m. & 11:20 a.m.-11:40 a.m. Taiko
10:35 a.m.-11:05 a.m. Shamisen

Location: Street in front of Takasaki Sta. West Exit, Takasaki, Gunma

JR Joetsu Shinkansen Line to Takasaki Sta. (West Exit)

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.