Hanamaki Matsuri 花巻まつり Iwate (Sept.)
Hanamaki Matsuri is a ritual with a history of over 420 years. Events include a procession of 12 dashi (floats) from each town, decorated with scenes from traditional theater, a lively parade of 100 mikoshi (shrine floats), a historic traditional dance called Shishi Odori, a sacred dance called Kagura Gongenmai, and Hanamaki Bayashi Odori dance. This quiet rural city, the birthplace of the writer Kenji Miyazawa, comes alive and bursts with energy over the three days of the matsuri.
See here for the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) matsuri page.
(Around Kamicho) Omatsuri Hiroba, Hanamaki city, Iwate
Approx. 10 min. from Hanamaki Minami interchange on the Tohoku Expressway
From Shin-Hanamaki station on the Tohoku Shinkansen main line, then approx. 10 min. by car From Hanamaki station on the Tohoku main line, then approx. 10 min. by foot