Kanuma Aki Matsuri (Kanuma Imamiya Jinja Sai no Yatai Gyoji) 鹿沼秋まつり（鹿沼今宮神社祭の屋台行事） Tochigi (Oct.)
Kanuma no Aki Matsuri is said to have begun during the terrible drought of 1608, when the people of Kanuma offered up prayers to the local guardian deity. During the Edo period, Kanuma was a post town on the route which connected Edo and Nikko. The carved floats, ornate like the Yomeimon Gate of Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine, enliven this annual shrine matsuri. Every year, music is performed on over twenty floats, and after leaving the shrine, a musical battle called "buttsuke" ensues. It is a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Imamiya Jinja, Imamiya-cho, Kanuma City, Tochigi
Get off at JR Kanuma station on the JR Nikko line. Approx. 15 min. walk.
Get off at Shin-kanuma station on the Tobu-nikko line. Approx. 5 min. walk.
Approx. 15 min. from the Kanuma interchange of the Tohoku Expressway.