Sep/21 - 23, 2019 Aizu Samurai Festival3.8
from 9/21 '19 to 9/23 '19
Aizu-wakamatsu City in Fukushima is known as the Samurai City.
Every late-September, 3-day Aizu Festival is held around Tsuruga Castle(Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle).
This festival features Lantern Parade, Aizu Clan Parade, Drum and Fife Parade/Nisshinkan Children's Parade, and more.
The festival starts on Saturday evening, with a lantern processional followed by the Aizu Bandai Bon dance on Shinmei Street.
On Sunday, a 600-strong parade takes place, travelling from Tsuraga-jo Castle, down Shinmei Street, and back to the castle. Along the way there are fire arms demonstrations and battle re-enactments, English guided tours of the castle, and more. There will also be traditional sengoku-era merchant stalls at the castle.
On Monday, there is a children's parade with fifes, brass band instruments, and more! If you have the time, come out and support the local Aizu school students!
Dates: September 21 - 23, 2019
Venue: Tsuruga-jo Castle (1-1 Otemachi, Aizu-wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture)
Access: From JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Station, the castle is a 30-minute walk or 10 minutes by bus or 20 minutes by Aizu Loop Bus to Tsurugajo Kitaguchi.
＊Saturday, September 21st —
----Lantern Parade (6:00PM—7:00PM) Tsuruga Castle->Shinmeidori Street)
----Aizu Bandai Dance Bon Dance (7:00PM—8:30PM) (Shinmeidori Street)
＊Sunday, September 22nd—
----THE MAIN EVENT! Aizu Clan Parade(9:25AM—4:00PM) (Tsurugajo Castle->Shinmeidori Street->Tsurugajo Castle)
＊Monday, September 23rd (Public Holiday) —
----Drum and Fife Parade/Nisshinkan Children’s Parade (10:00AM-) (Chuodori Street->Shinmeidori Street->Tsurugajo Castle)
PurposeFestivals,parade,Traditional folk,experience,shrine/temple,sightseeing,let's hang out!,an eating tour
Airport/Sta.Aizuwakamatsu Sta. (about 2.2km) Google Transit
5.0a month ago
Nice castle, lots of history. Too bad the inside of the castle has been renovated and is not original, but there are still a lot of interesting things to see inside.
5.0a year ago
Great. The castle with snow during winter just looked amazing. Joined a tour which include a visit to the castle. Visited the interior and castle and the view from the top of castle is just amazing. One also got to understand the history of the castle. The garden looked as good. Recommended.
5.09 months ago
This castle is a must visit place. The historic whote wooden building is surrounded by imposing stone wall and softened by the beautiful cherry blossom during April. I came in late April and the sakura petals had started to fall. And it fell gracefully when wind blew. Very beautiful indeed.
5.06 months ago
Tsurugajo-castle is symbol of Aizu region, and one of the famous battle place between new Meiji government military and old Tokugawa government military. Almost all buildings are rebuild and recovered, but you can find bullet holes at the stone walls which are original.
4.0a year ago
One of the best castle in Tohoku region and recommended to visit