Hagurosan Bonten Matsuri 羽黒山梵天祭り Tochigi (Nov.)
The Bonten Matsuri of Hagurosan Shrine is held to pray for bumper crop harvests and good health. It has continued since the mid-Edo period. People carry rods which are two connected poles of moso bamboo topped with colorful tassels. They represent the deity Bonten. The people raise the "Bonten" up to the sky as they parade through the town. They ascend the harsh shrine approach of Hagurosan while shouting powerfully, and at the shrine at the summit, they offer up around 20 "Bonten".
Hagurosan Jinja, Imazato-cho, Utsunomiya City, Tochigi
From JR Utsunomiya Station on the Utsunomiya Line take Kanto Bus bound for Imazato or Tamanyu for approx. 40 min., then get off at Imazatoshita bus stop.
From JR Ujiie Station on the Utsunomiya Line take special-run bus for approx. 20 min., then get off at Chiiki Koryukan bus stop. Approx. 15 min. walk. (There is also a pay-for loop-line bus departing Chiiki Koryukan bus stop.)
Approx. 5 min. from Kamikawachi Smart Interchange of the Tohoku Expressway.