Things to do / Traditional festivals

Gunma: Maebashi Hatsu-ichi Matsuri

First fair of Daruma, featuring otakiage (ceremony of burning old daruma) and a parade of mikoshi, followed by many people disguised as shishi lions and tengu goblins. More than 350 open-air stalls sell Daruma and various good-luck carms.

Schedule & key events:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Otakiage
10 a.m.-9:20 p.m. Open-air stalls are set up along Honmachi-dori Street
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. mikoshi parade from the shrine to Karimiya (portable shrine
resting place)

Location: Honmachi-dori Street, Maebashi Hachiman-gu Shrine and others, Maebashi, Gunma

JR Joetsu Shinkansen Line to Takasaki Sta. From there, take JR Ryomo Line to Maebashi Sta. (North Exit), 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.