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Takahama-City Festival of the Demon Roof Tiles Road (Oni-Michi Matsuri)

Date : 10/20/2018


  • Festival of the Demon Roof Tiles Road (Oni-Michi Matsuri)
  • Festival of the Demon Roof Tiles Road (Oni-Michi Matsuri)
  • Festival of the Demon Roof Tiles Road (Oni-Michi Matsuri)
  • Festival of the Demon Roof Tiles Road (Oni-Michi Matsuri)

The Street of Demons of Takahama-City

Famous for the ceramic roof tiles industry that propelled its economy, the city of Takahama holds the Oni-Michi Matsuri event every year (lit. Festival of the Demon Roof Tile Road). It takes place in the 4.5 kilometer-long stretch of road connecting the Takahama-Minato Station to The Kawara Museum of Roof Tiles. Listed as one of the 500 Most Scenic Streets in Japan, this street is full of buildings built by using countless varieties of roof tile demons, the Onigawara, giving the annual festival its name.

The festival starts at 1:00 PM with several attractions such as merchants selling Takahama Torimeshi (rice mixed with chicken), traditional Charapoko dances, live stage shows and much more. The team of samurai Aoi Bushotai also is expected to make an appearance. From 5:00 PM, the streets are lit with countless small lanterns with demon designs, making for a fantastic sight. The festival ends at 7:30 PM.

Oni-gawara, the pug-ugly roof tiles

Oni means demon in Japanese, but sometimes it may be used in reference to an ugly face, or just when someone is angry. From ancient times, it was believed that such repulsive faces in the roof would help ward off bad spirits attempting to haunt a house or shrine. That's the origin of the term onigawara (oni=demon, kawara=roof tile) and one of the prized products of Takahama-City.

EVENT OVERVIEW

Date : October 20th (Saturday), 2018
*: Event to be held even light rain.
Holding time : 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Place : Demon Roof Tile Road (Oni-Michi), the street connecting Takahama-Minato Station to the Kawara Museum, running parallel to the Aichi Route 46, northwest-wise.
-Stage at Morimae Koen Park
-Stage at Niko-Niko Oni Hiroba Square
-Street activities at the Takahama City Tourist Information Center Oni House
Location : 〒444-1325
8-6-1 Aoki-cho, Takahama-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
(Takahama City Tourist Information Center Oni House, midway along the Oni-Michi Road)
Fee : Free
Parking : Grounds of the Takahama Elementary School, NTP Marina area (estimate).
*: Limited availability, please use public transportation as best as possible.
Phone number : 0566-52-2288 (Takahama City Tourism Association)
Shuttle Buses : Shuttle buses will be operating on the day of the event taking guests from Yoshihama Station (parking lot of the Yoshihama Dolls Shop), Takahama Citizen's Center Community Hall, Takahama-Minato Station, and Takahama City Tourist Information Center Oni House.

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Meitetsu Nagoya Station, board the Meitetsu Nagoya Line train bound for Chiryu and Toyohashi. At Chiryu Station change trains for the Meitetsu Mikawa Line bound for Hekinan. Alight at Takahama-Minato Station and walk westwards 3min. (events will be held along the street northwestwards until the Kawara Museum).

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