Things to do / Traditional festivals

Hyogo: Ako Gishi-sai

Memorial celebrations popularly known as the "Vendetta of the 47 Ronin, or masterless Samurai," featuring a parade of "47 Ronin" accompanied by feudal lords, following a drum and fife band, folk dancers and floats.

Schedule & Key events:
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Parade from Otemon Gate of Ako Castle to Ikitsugi-Ido

Location: Ako Castle,, Ako, Hyogo

Ako Castle: JR Sanyo Shinkansen Line to Aioi Sta. From there, take JR Ako Line to Banshu-Ako Sta.,and then walk 20 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.