Sakura no Aki Matsuri 佐倉の秋祭り Chiba (Oct.)
Sakura no Aki Matsuri has a long history, beginning in the Edo period. Makata Shrine's mikoshi (shrine float), the largest in Chiba Prefecture, sacred sake stations, and other floats, parade grandly through the castle town. The people chant “Essano, korasano, essassa” in time to the accompanying Sakura music. Today, the matsuri is jointly held by parishioners from Makata Shrine, Atago Shrine, Shinmei Shrine and Hachiman Shrine.
Makata Jinja, Kaburagi-machi, Sakura City, Chiba
Get off at Keisei-Sakura station on the Keisei Main line. Approx. 10 min. walk from the South Exit.
Get off at JR Sakura station. Approx. 20 min. walk from the North Exit.
Traffic rules in force during the time of the festival prohibit driving to where the festival takes place.