Gun Festival at the shrine. The highlight of this festival is Otachi Shinji in which two sacred horses gallop up the steps to the shrine, amid a volley of rifle shots into the air.
Schedule & Key events:
● Dec. 7
from 2:30 p.m.: Parade of floats through the town
from 4 p.m.: Sanbaso (a traditional dance)
from 7 p.m.: Local Kabuki plays
● Dec. 8
from 10 a.m.: Kagura
from 11 a.m.: Sanbaso
from noon: Local Kabuki plays
from 2:30 p.m.: Matchlock gun demonstration
from 3:30 p.m.: Daimyo Gyoretsu (a feudal lord procession)
from 4 p.m.: Otachi Shinji
from 5 p.m.: Parade of mikoshi (portable shrine) and floats
through the town
from 7:30 p.m.: Local Kabuki plays
Location: Iida Hachiman-jinja Shrine and others, Ogano-machi, Saitama
Seibu Chichibu Line to Seibu-Chichibu Sta. From there, take Seibu Kanko bus (for Kurio) to Kurio Bus Stop, and then walk 10min.
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.