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Yamaguchi山口県: Yamaguchi Gion Matsuri

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is "So-odori Yamaguchi Minakoi Nonta," a folk dancing parade of about 1,500 people in tune with the merry music through the city. Many events are scheduled during the festival period.

Schedule & Key events:
● July 20
from 6:30 p.m.: Sagi-no-mai (Heron Dance) in the shrine precincts
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Parade of three mikoshi through the main streets of the city
● July 24
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. "So-odori Yamaguchi Minakoi Nonta"

Location: Yasaka-jinja Shrine and others 八坂神社, Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi山口県

Yasaka-jinja Shrine: JR Yamaguchi Line to Kami-Yamaguchi Sta., and then walk 15 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.