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Handa-City Handa Spring's Float Festival and Spring Festival
(Handa no Haru no Dashi Matsuri - Haru Matsuri)

Date : Mar/18-19, Apr/1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 23, May/3-4, 2023
*: Varies depending on district


  • Handa Spring's Float Festival and Spring Festival (Handa no Haru no Dashi Matsuri - Haru Matsuri)
  • Handa Spring's Float Festival and Spring Festival (Handa no Haru no Dashi Matsuri - Haru Matsuri)
  • Handa Spring's Float Festival and Spring Festival (Handa no Haru no Dashi Matsuri - Haru Matsuri)
  • Handa Spring's Float Festival and Spring Festival (Handa no Haru no Dashi Matsuri - Haru Matsuri)
  • Handa Spring's Float Festival and Spring Festival (Handa no Haru no Dashi Matsuri - Haru Matsuri)

The Authentic Spring Festival of Handa City With Its Impressive 31 Floats!

It is said that spring truly arrives in Handa-City when the Float Festival starts. Annually from late March to May 4th, each of the city's districts holds its own float festivity, painting the whole wide area with the vibrant colors of the gorgeous carriages and spring flowers!
Transmitted in the same form for over 300 years, the festival features the impressive 31 floats of Handa, all being displayed in parades and splashy maneuvers at key points along their courses.
Additionally, performances of Karakuri mechanized puppet dolls, Shishimai Lion Dances, and Mikomai Shrine Maiden Dances are all part of the countless attractions entertaining locals and tourists alike during eight weeks of exquisite traditional Japanese arts!

2023 Schedule (Current as of March 15)

-- Spring Floats Festival (Haru no Dashi Matsuri) --

Handa Spring's Float Festival and Spring Festival (Handa no Haru no Dashi Matsuri - Haru Matsuri)

1. 乙川 Okkawa District (4 Floats)
[Date] March 18 (Saturday) and 19 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Mikoshi Keigo protection by four floats, floats ascending (sakaage) and descending (sakaoroshi) on the steep slope of Otogawa Hachiman Shrine, Sanbaso performance, Karakuri doll dedication, Yoimiya, Mukaiyama Kagura Shishi dragon, Mukaiyama Tobitsuki Taiko jumping drums.

2. 岩滑 Yanabe District (2 Floats)
[Date] April 8 (Saturday) and 9 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Hikimawashi float maneuvering of 2 floats, Sanbaso performance, Mikomai shrine maiden dance dedication, Yoimiya, Nankichi Festival (fireworks), mochinage rice cake giveaway.

3. 岩滑新田 Yanabe Shinden District (2 Floats)
[Date] April 8 (Saturday) and 9 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Hikimawashi float maneuvering of 2 floats, Sanbaso, Mikomai shrine maiden dance dedication, Yoimiya, mochinage rice cake giveaway.

4. 上半田 Kami-Handa District (Chintoro Festival) (2 Floats)
[Date] April 8 (Saturday) and 9 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Hikimawashi float maneuvering of 2 floats and 2 Chintorobune boats, fireworks, children's Sanbaso performance, Yoimiya, Hikikomi pulling of floats into Handa Red Brick Building.

5. 協和 Kyowa District (2 Floats)
[Date] April 15 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Hikimawashi float maneuvering of 2 floats, floats ascending and descending (ageoroshi) on the steep slope of Hakusan Shrine, Sanbaso performance, Mikomai shrine maidens dance dedication, Yoimiya, mochinage rice cake giveaway.

6. 成岩 Narawa District (4 Floats)
[Date] April 15 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Hikimawashi float maneuvering of 4 floats, Zen Rokkaku no Deai meeting and Nariiwa Shrine Uchikomi pulling, Oshishi Koshishi large and small dragons dance (Aichi Prefecture Designated Intangible Folk Cultural Property), Mikomai shrine maiden dance dedication, tree decorations, Sanbaso performance, Yoimiya.

7. 西成岩 Nishi-Narawa District (2 Floats)
[Date] April 15 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Hikimawashi float maneuvering of 2 floats, climbing of Naruishi Shrine south side steep slope and uchikomi pulling into shrine grounds, Sanbaso performance, Karakuri dolls dedication, Mikomai shrine maiden dance dedication, Yoimiya, mochinage rice cake giveaway.

8. 板山 Itayama District (4 Floats)
[Date] April 15 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Hikimawashi float maneuvering of 4 floats. Assembly of all four floats at Itayama Community Center. Mikomai shrine maiden dance dedication, Sanbaso performance, and mochinage rice cake giveaway, all held at Itayama Shrine.

9. 下半田 Shimo-Handa District (4 Floats)
[Date] April 15 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Hikimawashi float maneuvering of 4 floats, Karakuri and Maedana dolls dedication, Mikomai shrine maiden dance dedication, Yoimiya, 4 floats running along the Handa Canal.

10. 亀崎 Kamezaki District (潮干祭 Shiohi Festival) (5 Floats)
[Date] May 3 (Wednesday - holiday) and 4 (Thursday - holiday), 2023
[Contents] Hikimawashi float maneuvering of 5 floats, Karakuri dolls dedication, Hikioroshi at Kamisaki Shrine (floats pulled down to the beach), Keigo guarding procession to Owari Sansha Shrine (designated UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, Aichi Prefecture Tangible Folk Cultural Property).

-- Spring Festival (Haru Matsuri) --

•向山 Mukaiyama District: 市杵嶋神社 Ichikishima Shrine (1 Mukaiyama-cho)
[Date] March 18 (Saturday) and 19 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Town parade with 4 mikoshi for children, Shishi dragon pavilion at Ichikishima Shrine, Shishimai dragon dance dedication, Tobitsuki Taiko jumping drums, mochinage rice cake giveaway.

•有脇 Ariwaki District: 春日社 Kasuga-sha Shrine (10 Ariwaki-cho)
[Date] April 1 (Saturday) and 2 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] 1st Day: Yoimatsuri Eve Festival float maneuvering; 2nd Day: Honmatsuri Main Festival town parade, fireworks, Mikomai shrine maiden dance dedication, Wadaiko Japanese drums, mochinage rice cake giveaway.

•平地 Hirachi District: 平地神明社 Hirachi Shinmeisha Shrine (1 Hirachi-cho)
[Date] April 1 (Saturday) and 2 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Town parade with 4 mikoshi for children, Kazariba ornamented horses, Umakake horse racing, Mikomai shrine maiden dance dedication, Shishimai dragon dance dedication, mochinage rice cake giveaway at Hirachi Shinmeisha.

•鴉根 Karasune District: 鴉根稲荷神社 Karasune Inari Shrine (2 Inari-cho)
[Date] April 1 (Saturday) and 2 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Town parade with 4 mikoshi for children, dedication at Karasune Inari Shrine, mochinage rice cake giveaway, Kamesaburo Festival.

•大矢知 Oyachi District: 大矢知神社 Oyachi Shrine (2 Higashioyachi-cho)
[Date] April 9 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Town parade with 3 mikoshi for children and 1 regular mikoshi, dedication at Oyachi Shrine, mochinage rice cake giveaway.

•大池 Oike District: 大池神社 Oike Shrine (3 Ippongi-cho)
[Date] April 23 (Sunday), 2023
[Contents] Town parade with 2 mikoshi for children, dedication to Oike Shrine, Fortune lottery at Oike Kuminkan Community Center.

•新居 Arai District: 愛宕神社 Atago Shrine (3 Arai-cho)
[Date] May 3 (Wednesday - holiday), 2023
[Contents] Town parade with 3 mikoshi for children, Mikomai shrine maiden dance dedication at Atago Shrine, Shishimai dragon dance dedication, procession.

*: Please see official event web sites for maps and exact times.

EVENT OVERVIEW

Date : March 18 (Saturday) and 19 (Sunday), 2023
April 8 (Saturday) and 9 (Sunday), 2023
April 15 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday), 2023
May 3 (Wednesday - holiday) and 4 (Thursday - holiday), 2023
March 18 (Saturday) and 19 (Sunday), 2023
April 1 (Saturday) and 2 (Sunday), 2023
April 9 (Sunday), 2023
April 23 (Sunday), 2023
May 3 (Wednesday - holiday), 2023
*: Events held at districts across Handa-City during this period.
*: 10 Floats Festivals and 7 Spring Festivals.
Place : -- Spring Floats Festival --
亀崎 Kamezaki District (潮干祭 Shiohi Festival): 神前神社 Kamisaki Shrine, 尾張三社 Owari-Sansha Shrine
乙川 Okkawa District: 若宮社 Wakamiya-sha Shrine, 乙川八幡社 Okkawa Hachiman-sha Shrine
岩滑 Yanabe District: 岩滑八幡社 Yanabe Hachiman-sha Shrine
岩滑新田 Yanabe Shinden District: 神明社 Shinmeisha Shrine
上半田 Kami-Handa District: 住吉神社 Sumiyoshi Shrine
下半田 Shimo-Handa District: 業葉神社 Nariha Shrine, 山之神社 Yamano Shrine
協和 Kyowa District: 白山神社 Hakusan Shrine
成岩 Narawa District: 成岩神社 Narawa Shrine
西成岩 Nishi-Narawa District: 成石神社 Naruishi Shrine
板山 Itayama District: 八幡神社 Hachiman Shrine, 板山神社 Itayama Shrine

-- Spring Festival --
向山 Mukaiyama District: 市杵嶋神社 Ichikishima Shrine
有脇 Ariwaki District: 春日社 Kasuga-sha Shrine
平地 Hirachi District: 平地神明社 Hirachi Shinmeisha Shrine
鴉根 Karasune District: 鴉根稲荷神社 Karasune Inari Shrine
大矢知 Oyachi District: 大矢知神社 Oyachi Shrine
大池 Oike District: 大池神社 Oike Shrine
新居 Arai District: 愛宕神社 Atago Shrine
Location : 〒475-0023
2-92 Kamezaki-cho, Handa-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
(Kamisaki Shrine, for other locations please search directly)
Fee : Free of charge
Phone number : 0569-32-3264 (Handa City Tourism Association)

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.

ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    12 min. (1km) eastwards walk from Kamezaki Station of the JR Taketoyo Line (board the train bound for Taketoyo from Nagoya Station, 45 min. ride - 580 yen).
    *: Directions to Kamezaki District (Kamisaki Shrine). For other locations, please search directly.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 15 min. (7.6km) southeastwards from Agui I.C. of the Chitahanto (Chita Peninsula) Expressway via route 46.
    *: Directions to Kamezaki District (Kamisaki Shrine). For other locations, please search directly.

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