This is a unique harvest festival native to Hachinohe and its vicinities, with a 800-year history, and is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. The highlight of this festival is Emburi (local dances) performance under the flickering torchlights.
Schedule & Key events:
from 6 p.m.: Emburi at Shimin Hiroba
● Feb. 17
from 7 a.m.: Emburi at Chojasan Shinra-jinja Shrine
10 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Parade of over 30 grouped villagers in fancy costumes, through the city
from 12:15 p.m.: Emburi at Shimin Hiroba
● Feb. 19 & 20
from 1 p.m.: & from 2 p.m.: Emburi at Shimin Hiroba
Location: Chojasan Shinra-jinja Shrine, Shimin Hiroba and others, Hachinohe, Aomori
JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Hachinohe Sta. From there, take bus to Mikka-machi or Yoka-machi Bus Stop (30 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.