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Things to do / Traditional festivals

Fukushima: Aizu Matsuri

Festival of the area. The highlight of this festival is Aizu-han-ko Gyoretsu (a procession in honor of a feudal lord of the Aizu domain and his 500 armored warriors). Some more events are scheduled during the festival period.

Schedule & Key events:
● Sept. 21
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Procession of townspeople dancing on Shinmei-dori Street
● Sept. 22
9:25 a.m.-4 p.m. Aizu-han-ko Gyoretsu from Tsuruga Castle, through the city 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Procession of townspeople dancing on Shinmei-dori Street ● Sept. 23
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Musha Gyoretsu (warriors' processions) by children on the city's main streets

Location: Shinmei-dori Street, Tsuruga Castle, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima


Access:
Tsuruga Castle : JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Koriyama Sta. From there, take JR Ban'etsu Saisen Line to Aizu-Wakamatsu Sta., and then take bus to Tsuruga-jo Iriguchi Bus Stop (15-20 min.), 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.