Oyamasankei お山参詣 Aomori (Sept.)
Oyamasankei is the Tsugaru region's largest autumn matsuri. It is held at Mt. Iwaki, which has long been known as the symbol of the Tsugaru region, on the first day of the eighth month, according to the old lunar calendar. People from all over Tsugaru gather at Iwakiyama Shrine to pray for bumper crop harvests and the health and well-being of their families while the chants of "saigi saigi" and tozan bayashi music echo all around. The climax of the matsuri is the sunrise seen from the top of the mountain, when worshippers put their hands together and face the rising sun. It is a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Iwakiyama Jinja, Hirosaki City, Aomori
Get off at JR Hirosaki station, then take a Konan Bus for approx. 40 min.
Approx. 40 min. from the Owani-Hirosaki interchange of the Tohoku Expressway.