Oganomachi Iida no Teppo Matsuri 小鹿野町飯田の鉄砲まつり Saitama (Dec.)
Oganomachi Iida no Teppo Matsuri is an annual matsuri held at Hachiman Shrine in December on the second Sunday and the preceding day. It is held to pray for bumper crop harvests and large hunting hauls. On the signal of gunfire from the shrine approach, two sacred horses gallop up the stone steps to the shrine in the “Otachi” ritual. Furthermore, a historical Daimyo procession is held and floats and stalls are pulled around the town. There is a kabuki performance by local volunteers, and the matsuri events of Chichibuji are brought to a close in a soul-stirring and lively manner.
Hachiman Jinja, Iida, Ogano-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama
Get off at Seibu Chichibu station on the Seibu Ikebukuro line, then take a Seibu Kanko Bus bound for Kurio, and get off at Kurio bus stop. Approx. 10 min. walk there.
Get off at Seibu Chichibu station on the Seibu Ikebukuro line, then take a Seibu Kanko Bus bound for Kurio, and get off at Oganomachi-yakuba bus stop, then take a bus bound for Sakamoto, and get off at Iida Hachiman Jinja bus stop. (Please note that there are not many buses per day bound for Sakamoto.)
Approx. 30 min. from the Hanazono interchange of the Kan-Etsu Expressway, via National Route 140 and 299.