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Things to do / Traditional festivals

Tochigi: Kanuma Buttsuke Aki Matsuri

Festival, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. This festival features 26 magnificently sculptured floats, and the floats with lighted lanterns while various kinds of festive music are played competitively on the floats, which is known as "Buttsuke."

Schedule & Key events:
● daily
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Festival music is played on the floats at JR Kanuma Sta.,
Shin-Kanuma Sta. and other sites.
● Oct. 12
from 12:30 p.m.: 26 Floats are pulled into and displayed in the precincts
of Imamiya-jinja shrine
from 5 p.m.: Floats are pulled out from the shrine and parade
through the town with "Buttsuke"
● Oct. 13
9 a.m.-11:50 a.m. mikoshi parades from the shrine through the town
3 p.m.-5 p.m. Floats parade through the town and gather on
Kobugaharamiya-dori Street
from 3 p.m.: Daidaikagura(Shinto dance and music) is performed
in the shrine
from 5:30 p.m.: Floats parade through the town with "Buttsuke"

Location: Imamiya-jinja Shrine, Kobugaharamiya-dori Street and others, Kanuma, Tochigi


Access:
(1) JR Nikko Line to Kanuma Sta., and then walk 20 min. (2) Tobu Nikko Line to Shin-Kanuma 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.