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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


Access:
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.