Things to do / Traditional festivals

Gunma: Yassa Matsuri

Festival with a 400-year history. Youths wearing loin-clothes jostle each other in the shrine precincts, shouting "Yassa, Yassa," and vie with one another climbing up the pillars to be the first getting the bell attached to the top of the ceiling in the shrine.

Schedule & Key events:
from 6:30 p.m.: Bon Odori (folk dancing)
from 7 p.m.: Taiko performance
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Yassa

Location: Wakamiya Hachiman-gu Shrine, Minakami-machi, Gunma

JR Joetsu Line to Gokan 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.