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Higashiura-Town Higashiura Odai Festival

Date : 04/15/2023

  • Higashiura Odai Festival
  • Higashiura Odai Festival
  • Higashiura Odai Festival

A Festival to Honor a Hero’s Mother

Every year Higashiura-Town holds the Odai Festival in honor of "Odai-no-Kata," mother of Hero Tokugawa Ieyasu and a native of those parts. The celebration involves a procession of about 2km by both margins of the Myotokuji River, known as the Odai Stroll Pathway, under the shadow of 400 trees of sakura cherry blossoms planted along both embankments, all in full bloom by the time of the event.

The town of Higashiura, located in the eastern region of the isthmus of the Chita Peninsula, is a renowned place due to, among other things, the fact that hero Tokugawa Ieyasu’s mother was born there. “Odai-no-kata,” which roughly translates as “the person of Odai,” was a daughter of the Mizuno Clan which ruled the Chita District of Owari. At a very young age, she was married to Matsudaira Hirotada, in order to unite the two families. Despite being called a “procession,” it is more like a parade, for there’s a fanfare band, with dancers and a whole accompanying troupe. The sakura are a particularly nice attraction of this cute event!

■ Odai Procession
Holding time: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Young girls dressed as Odai-no-Kata and her maids are accompanied by military commanders wearing armor along the Odai Stroll Pathway where yaezakura, multi-layered cherry blossoms, bloom.

■ Product Exhibition
Holding time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM 
Place: Within Odai Park
Product exhibitions will be held by Higashiura Town Tourism Association, Higashiura Town Society of Commerce & Industry, and the cities of Shinshiro, Kariya, Chiryu, and Takahama.

■ Odai Park Stage Events
Holding time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Odai Park Water Stage
Stage events by various performers will be held.

■ Nagashino Shitaragahara Teppotai Corps
Matchlock arquebus firing demonstration using gunpowder by the Nagashino Shitaragahara Teppotai Corps.
* Expect loud blasts of sound from the matchlock gun, sensitive persons please stay away from the demonstration site.

■ Illumination of "Odai no Michi" strollpath
The gentle light of the lanterns illuminates the path of Odai.
[Period] April 1 (Saturday) to 16 (Sunday) 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Date : April 15 (Saturday), 2023
*: Cancelled in the case of inclement weather.
Holding time : 9:45 AM - Odai Procession
Place : Odai Park, Odai Stroll Pathway
Location : 〒470-2102
2-1 Shamida, Ogawa, Higashiura-Town, Chita District, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : Free of charge
Parking : Available
*: Since Higashiura Town Hall and Odai Park parking lots are expected to become crowded, please use the temporary parking lot on the grounds of the Higashiura Junior High School.
Restrooms : Available
Phone number : 0562-83-6118

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
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  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    15 min. southwestwards walk from Ogawa Station of the JR Taketoyo Line.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 10 min. eastwards from Chita-Higashiura I.C. of the Chitahanto (Chita Peninsula) Toll Road.

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