Aug/1 - Aug/7 Hirosaki Neputa Festival4.2
from 8/1 '19 to 8/7 '19
The Hirosaki Neputa Festival is a summer festival held in the old castle town of Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture. About 80 neputas of various sizes – large fan-shaped floats depicting epic and fantastic images of warriors – parade through the town. In 1980, Hirosaki Neputa Festival was designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan.
Hirosaki Neputa Festival is organized mainly by citizens of Hirosaki. Every year each neighborhood association and citizen group gather together to make elaborate fan-shaped neputas. The key feature of a neputa is the contrast between the gallant kagamie (front picture) and the elegant miokuri (back picture). The neputas parade through town accompanied by flute and taiko (Japanese drums) players. The festival is held annually between August 1st and 7th. The Hirosaki Neputa festival takes place every evening from August 1st to 6th and daytime of the 7th.
On the final day of the festival, there are some fun events such as dancing or traditional performance are scheduled on the stage. There are tons of food stalls around the stage. Events start at about 17:00, and the Neputas are displayed around 17:30～18:55. Then an event called Nanukabi Okuri is held on the night of this day. During this event, the neputas that have been pulled through the city for the past seven days are burnt on the banks of Iwaki river and give farewell in flames, celebrating the finale of the festival.
August 1 - 4, 19:00~ : Dote-machi Course
August 5 - 6, 19:00~ : Hirosaki Station Course
August 7, 10:00~ : Dotemachi Nanukabi Course
Access: Hirosaki Station
*Please check the official website for the latest information.
PurposeFestivals,easily accessible,instagrammable,parade,Traditional folk,night view,sightseeing,major,let's hang out!,an eating tour
Airport/Sta.Hirosaki Sta. (about 100m) Google Transit