Gujo Odori - A Bon Dance Festival

Sightseeing information about Gujo Odori - A Bon Dance Festival in Japan.

Gujo Odori - A Bon Dance Festival 4.0

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 from 7/14 '18 to 9/8 '18


Gogyo dance, which is also counted as one of Japan's top three major folk dances and top three major bon dances, is a big traditional event that colors the summer of Okumino's castle town "Gujo Hachiman".
It is the longest festival in Japan that will be held about 2 months from mid-July to early September for about 30 nights.
It is a summer specialty of Gujo Hachiman which has 400 years of history. The sounds of the summer night which the sound of the clogs, Ohayashi (Japanese orchestra) and murmuring of the stream overlap and echoes in the mountains.

"Kawasaki" "Spring piece" and all ten types of songs are very luxurious dances that dance in "live music performance" by Hozonkai and others.
* All 10 songs are designated as important intangible folk cultural properties of Japan

People freely dance circling clockwise, centering around the group of Hayashi on cabin playing the Gujo-bushi (Gujo beat). Because the venue may be on street, the circle is not necessarily circular. There is a fixed form for each song for dancing. The basic dance move is very simple, so even beginners and tourists will be able to dance together smoothly. Participation in dancing is completely free, and there is no regulation to jump in and leave. Usually, the number of dancers is overwhelmingly larger than onlookers.
It is not a "festival" dance like many festivals, but "participate" dancing, it is popular that anyone can join the ring of dancing regardless of age, gender, nationality or experience! Choice of clothes are free, but dancing in yukata is the basic.

Odoriyakata-nagashi and other ceremonies will be held for 32 nights in total.
Various competitions of individuals, groups, district opposition, disguise dancing, etc. are held, and castle town fireworks festival, "All night dance" will be held from August 13th to 16th, dancing from 8 o'clock to the next morning. Especially during the street dance period, it is crowded with as many as 170,000 dancing customers.

You can enjoy county dance with the taste of castle town.

Duration 2018 July 14th (Sat) to 2018 September 8th (Sat)
Venue All over Gujo Hachiman Castle Town
(Gifu Prefecture Gujo City Hachimancho Metropolitan Areas * Venue varies each day)
Entry fee FREE
·Cars: 5 minutes from Tokai Hokuriku Expressway Gujyo Hachiman IC
·Railroad: About 10 minutes on bus from Nagaragawa Railway Gujyo Hachiman Station (about 15 minutes on foot)

PurposeFestivals,family,fireworks of Japan,if you are free,let's go,sightseeing,let's hang out!,an eating tour,second time in Japan
Airport/Sta.Gujo Hachiman Sta. (about 1.8km) Google Transit


4.0a month ago

Beautiful castle situated at hill top, have to walk upscale to the castle. You can see the beautiful landscape of Hachiman city and river.

1.0a month ago

Way smaller than expected. It's nice in it's own right, but in no way stands out from any other castle in Japan. Not worth the drive.

5.03 months ago

Stunning views over surrounding valleys and mountains. Hairpin drive up is fun!

5.04 months ago

Beautiful scenery at top of Gujo castle and rich in history. Worth visiting

4.08 months ago

If your in hachiman you need to visit the castle, not a big castle but great views of the city. We were lucky during autumn they had late night opening for autumn leaves which was great as Gujo Hachiman is very quite at night.