Kawa wo Wataru Bonden 川を渡るぼんでん Akita (Feb.)
Kawa wo Wataru Bonden is a ritual held during the period called "Little New Year". It started in the Hanadate area of Daisen City in Akita Prefecture around 1848-1854 in the Edo period. It is said that at that time, Saito Kanzaemon, the headman of Hanadate village, started the ritual to pray for bumper crop harvests and the health and well-being of the family. Bonden matsuri are held all around Akita Prefecture, but this is the only one in which a river is crossed. The colorful bonden (large sacred wands) crossing the river is a popular winter sight in this area.
Hanadate chiku - Omonogawa - Izusan, Omagari chiiki, Daisen City, Akita
Go to JR Omagari station. Approx. 5 min. by car.
From Akita City, take National Route 13 Bypass. Exit it at Hanadateyanagi-machi intersection, and turn right. The temporary car park will be on your right after approx. 400 m.
Take the Akita Expressway, exit it at Omagari interchange, take Route 105 as far as Hanadatekami-cho intersection, and turn left. The temporary car park will be on your left, approx. 300 m after passing Notre Dame Omagari.