Chichibu Yomatsuri

3rd Dec, 2019 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Photo by blueskyfantasie

This yomatsuri (night festival) is one of Japan’s big three hikiyama (float) festivals (the others are the Gion Festival in Kyoto and Takayama’s autumn and spring festivals.

Chichibu Shrine itself has over 2,000 years of history. This is a great opportunity to catch an enchanting traditional festival. The large floats, apparently weighing up to 20 tons each are festooned with countless lanterns and decorated with flowers and spears. Also this is a rare opportunity to see fireworks in the winter.

Chichibu is about 2 hours from Tokyo, so keep an eye on trains so you can get back in time!

Dates: 3rd Dec, 2019
Start/End Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Entry: Free
Closest station(s): Chichibu
Area: Chichibu
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