Things to do / Traditional festivals

Iwate: Hanamaki Matsuri

Festival with over a 400-year history, featuring various parades of beautifully bedecked 12 floats, over 100 mikoshi and Shishi Odori (people wearing deer head's hoods and dancing with drums, native to Iwate Pref.).

Schedule & Key events:
● daily
3 p.m.-9 p.m. Parade of floats and mikoshi
● Sept. 13
from 3:30 p.m.: & from 4:20 p.m.: Gongen-mai folk dancing by people in groups
from 8 p.m.: Shishi Odori ● Sept. 14 from 4:10 p.m.: Shishi Odori
● Sept. 15
from 3:40 p.m.: Hanamaki-Bayashi dancing by about 700 people

Location: Hanamaki, Hanamaki, Iwate

JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Shin-Hanamaki Sta. From there, (1) take bus to Hanamaki Ekimae Bus Stop (20 min.), and then walk 10 min. (2) take JR Kamaishi Line to Hanamaki Sta., and then walk 10 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.