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

Date : Mar. 20 to May 4, 2022
*: Varies depending on the district


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

Several Dashi Floats Simultaneously Displayed and Paraded in Various City Locations at Once!

A mesmerizing event attracting tens of thousands each year to the coastal city of Tokoname.
From late March to early May, all over the city, magnificent floats parade around with festival music, and traditional Karakuri mechanized puppet theaters are staged. In olden days, they were known as kasha (literally, "flower cars"); little cars decorated with flowers and pulled around the town, but later they came to be called dashi, using the kanji for "wheeled" and "mountain" - which better translates as "floats". Six cars are joined together to form one float which is then pulled around: something rarely seen elsewhere in the country, that gives this festival a huge appeal. It's particularly worth catching the floats as they pull away from the station area festooned with paper lanterns. The part when they are pulled around and whirled to make their way to the destination shrine (which may be one of the countless ones within the city perimeter) is especially amazing for the sheer forces involved: the enormous carriages and the mass of people pushing them.

Float Events in Each of the City's Districts

◘坂井 Sakai Area
Date: March 27th (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only, float on display
Float name: 松尾車 Matsuo-sha
Hosting Shrine: Matsuo Shrine

◘大谷 Otani Area
Date: April 3rd (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Float names: 蓬莱車Hourai-sha (Hamajo), 東櫻車 To-o-sha (Okujo)

◘多屋 Taya Area
Date: April 2nd (Saturday) and 3rd (Sunday)
Contents: Float parade
Float name: 海椙車 Usugi-sha
Hosting Shrine: Usugi Shrine

◘小鈴谷 Kosugaya Area
Date: April 2nd (Saturday) and 3rd (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Float name: 白山車 Hakusan-sha
Hosting Shrine: Hakusan Shrine

◘常滑 Tokoname Area
Date: April 9th (Saturday) and 10th (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Float names: 神明車 Shinmei-guruma (Kitajo), 世楽車 Seraku-sha (Segi), 常石車 Tokoishi-guruma (Okujo), 常盤軍 Tokiwa-sha (Ichiba), 常山車 Tokoyama-guruma (Yamakata), 保楽車 Horaku-sha (Hoji)

◘矢田 Yata Area
Date: April 9th (Saturday) and 10th (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Float names: 御幣車 Gohei-sha, 矢田車 Yata-sha
Hosting Shrine: Yata Hachiman Shrine

◘古場 Koba Area
Date: April 10th (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Float name: 古場車 Koba-sha
Hosting Shrine: Shinmeisha Shrine

◘西之口 Nishinokuchi Area
Date: April 16th (Saturday) and 17th (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only, float on display
Float names: 西賓車 Saiho-sha (Gochu), 雷神車 Raijin-sha (Teppozu)
Hosting Shrine: Shinmeisha Shrine

◘小倉 Ogura Area
Date: April 23rd (Saturday) and 24th (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Float name: 小倉車 Ogura-sha
Hosting Shrine: Ogura Tenjinja Shrine

◘大野 Ono Area
Date: May 3rd (Saturday) and 4th (Wednesday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
•Float Name: 唐子車 Karako-sha (Takasuka-cho) / Hosting Shrine: Ogura Shrine
•Float Name: 紅葉車 Koyo-sha (Hashizume-cho) / Hosting Shrine: Kazenomiya Shrine
•Float Name: 梅榮車 Baiei-sha (Juo-cho) / Hosting Shrine: Miyayama Tenmangu Hoka Tenjin Shrine
•Makiwarabune Boat: 権丸 Gonmaru / Hosting Shrine: Ezaki Shrine

  • Tokoname Floats Festival - Spring Festival (Tokoname no Dashi Matsuri - Haru Matsuri)
  • Tokoname Floats Festival - Spring Festival (Tokoname no Dashi Matsuri - Haru Matsuri)
  • Tokoname Floats Festival - Spring Festival (Tokoname no Dashi Matsuri - Haru Matsuri)
Festivities at Each of the City's Districts

◘苅屋 Kariya
Date: March 20th (Sunday)
Contents: To be determined
Typical contents: Matsuri Hayashi (祭り囃子 Festival Music) by Mikomai (Shrine Maidens) and elementary school students

◘広目 Hirome
Date: March 27th (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Typical contents: Lion Dance (獅子舞 Shishimai), Japanese drum Taiko Hikimawashi procession

◘榎戸 Enokido
Date: April 2nd (Saturday) and 3rd (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Typical contents: Decorated Horses (飾り馬 Kazari-uma) in procession around the town

◘宮山 Miyayama
Date: April 2nd (Saturday) and 3rd (Sunday)
Contents: Cancelled
Typical contents: Children's Mikoshi procession

◘石瀬 Ishise
Date: April 3rd (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Typical contents: Shinto theatrical dance Kagura

◘久米 Kume
Date: April 9th (Saturday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Typical contents: Decorated horses, Hayashi music and Japanese drum Taiko, etc.

◘槽原 Hibara
Date: April 10th (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Typical contents: Children's Mikoshi procession to Hakusan Shrine

◘西阿野 Nishiano
Date: April 10th (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only, Mikomai (Shrine Maidens)

◘前山 Maeyama
Date: April 17th (Sunday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Typical contents: Hayashi music, Children's procession

◘蒲池 Kabaike
Date: May 4th (Wednesday - holiday)
Contents: Shrine rituals only
Typical contents: Children's Mikoshi procession, bazaar

EVENT OVERVIEW

Date : From March 20th (Sunday) to May 4th (Wednesday - holiday), 2022
*: Varies depending on the district
Place : Several locations across Tokoname-City
Location : 〒479-0000
Tokoname-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Phone number : 0569-34-8888 (Tokoname 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
    From Nagoya Station, take the Meitetsu train bound for Kowa. Chita-Handa Station is one of the stations near the events, but for the nearest station, please check each date/venue.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    To central Handa-City, exit the Chitahanto (Chita Peninsula) Toll Road.

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