Festival, registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, featuring a parade of nine lavishly-decorated Danjiri and Oni (people wearing comical ogre-costumes and masks).
Schedule & Key events:
● Oct. 18
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Exhibition of all floats decorated with lighted lanterns on the city's main streets
● Oct. 19
1 p.m.-4 p.m. Procession of Danjiri and Oni, through the city 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Procession of Danjiri, through the city
● Oct. 20
9 a.m.-3:50 p.m. Parade of mikoshi, 100 Oni and the floats, through the city
Location: Ueno, Iga, Ueno, Iga, Mie
JR Kansai Honsen Line to Iga Ueno Sta. From there, take Iga Tetsudo Line to Ueno-shi Sta.
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.