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Gifu: Furukawa Matsuri

Annual Festival of the shrine, designated as one of the National Intangible Folk-Cultural Property, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The highlight of this festival is Okoshi-daiko, in which hundreds of partially clothed men parade on the streets beating drums and singing folk songs.

Schedule & Key events:

Location: Keta Wakamiya-jinja Shrine and others, Furukawa-cho, Hida, Gifu

JR Takayama Honsen Line to Hida-Furukawa Sta., and then walk 5 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.