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

Date : Mar/18th - May/4th, 2018 (weekends and holidays)


  • 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 coastal city Tokoname.

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

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 latterly 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 at each of the city's districts

◘坂井 Sakai Area
Date: March 24th (Saturday), 25th (Sunday)
Float Name: 松尾車 Matsuo-sha / Hosting Shrine: Matsuo Shrine

◘大谷 Otani Area
Date: March 31st (Saturday), April 1st (Sunday)
Float Name: 蓬莱車Hourai-sha (Hamajo), 車櫻車 To-o-sha (Okujo) / Hosting Shrine: Otani Hachiman-sha Shrine

◘多屋 Taya Area
Date: March 31st (Saturday), April 1st (Sunday)
Float Name: 海椙車 Usugi-sha / Hosting Shrine: Usugi Shrine

◘小鈴谷 Kosugaya Area
Date: March 31st (Saturday), April 1st (Sunday)
Float Name: 白山車 Hakusan-sha / Hosting Shrine: Hakusan Shrine

◘矢田 Yata Area
Date: April 7th (Saturday), 8th (Sunday)
Float Name: 御幣車 Gohei-sha, 矢田車 Yata-sha / Hosting Shrine: Yata Hachiman Shrine

◘常滑 Tokoname Area
Date: April 7th (Saturday), 8th (Sunday)
Float Name: 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)

◘古場 Koba Area
Date: April 7th (Saturday), 8th (Sunday)
Float Name: Koba-sha / Hosting Shrine: Shinmeisha Shrine

◘西之口 Nishinokuchi Area
Date: April 14th (Saturday), 15th (Sunday)
Float Name: 西賓車 Saiho-sha (Gochu), 雷神車 Raijin-sha (Teppozu) / Hosting Shrine: Shinmeisha Shrine

◘小倉 Ogura Area
Date: April 21st (Saturday), 22nd (Sunday)
Float Name: 小倉車 Ogura-sha / Hosting Shrine: Ogura Tenjinja Shrine

◘大野 Ono Area
Date:
Yo-matsuri (Eve Festival): May 3rd (Thursday - holiday)
Hon-matsuri (Main Festival): May 4th (Friday - holiday)
•Float Name: 権丸 Gonmaru (Gongenda-cho) / Hosting Shrine: Ezaki Shrine
•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

Festivities at each of the city's districts

◘苅屋 Kariya
Date: March 18th (Sunday)
Matsuri Hayashi (祭り囃子 Festival Music) by Mikomai (Shrine Maidens) and Elementary School students

◘榎戸 Enokido
Date:
Yo-matsuri (Eve Festival): March 31st (Saturday)
Hon-matsuri (Main Festival): April 1st (Sunday) - Decorated Horses (飾り馬 Kazari-uma) in procession around the town

◘広目 Hirome
Date: April 1st (Sunday)
Lion Dance (獅子舞 Shishimai), Japanese drum Taiko Hikimawashi procession

◘石瀬 Ishise
Date: April 1st (Sunday)
Shinto theatrical dance Kagura

◘宮山 Miyayama
Date: April 1st (Sunday)
Children's Mikoshi procession

◘久米 Kume
Date: April 7th (Saturday),
Decorated horses, Hayashi music and Japanese drum Taiko, etc.

◘槽原 Hibara
Date: April 8th (Sunday)
Children's Mikoshi procession to Hakusan Shrine

◘西阿野 Nishiano
Date: April 8th (Sunday)
Mikomai (Shrine Maidens)

◘樽水 Tarumi
Date: April 15th (Sunday)
Hayashi music, etc.

◘前山 Maeyama
Date: April 15th (Sunday)
Hayashi music, Children's procession

◘蒲池 Kabaike
Date: May 4th (Friday - holiday)
Children's Mikoshi procession

EVENT OVERVIEW

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Date : From March 18th (Sunday) to May 4th (Friday - holiday), 2018 on weekends and holidays (varies depending on the town).
Place : Tokoname-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
(Several locations across the city)
Location : 〒479-0000
Tokoname-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
(Several locations across the city)
Fee : Free of charge
Parking : Available
Phone number : 0569-34-8888

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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