Things to do / Traditional festivals

Iwate: Hatsuka-ya-sai

Night Festival featuring a parade of worshippers holding torchlights in their hands and Ennen-no-mai (an ancient dance with music for longevity), designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties.

Schedule & key events:
from 7:20 p.m.: Parade from Hiraizumi Sta. to the temple
from 9 p.m.: Ennen-no-mai performance

Location: Motsu-ji Temple, Hiraizumi Sta. and others, Hiraizumi-cho, Iwate

JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Ichinoseki Sta. From there, take JR Tohoku Honsen Line to Hiraizumi Sta., and then walk 7 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.