Manto Horse Festival
Manto Horse Festival is held annually at Nanasha Shrine in April. Young men wearing traditional "happi" coats and white "tabi" socks ride horses at high speed while goading them on with bunches of straw. Their wildness and bravery are the highlight of the festival.
Okura Park is famous for its azaleas and every April large crowds gather in the park for the annual Azalea Festival. Various events are held against the spectacular backdrop of the azaleas in full bloom.
Kyocho Summer Festival
Kyocho Summer Festival is held annually at the end of July in the JR Kyowa Station square and shopping area. The festival is full of vitality, with kindergarten children playing drums and fife, and groups from the local shopping areas dancing. There are also karaoke competitions and night stalls, and families in their "yukata" enjoy the hot summer nights.
JR Kyowa station
Obu Summer Festival
Obu Summer Festival is held at the beginning of August every year in front of the JR Kyowa Station and in the shopping area. It opens with the glamorous Bon festival dance, where participants love to join the dancing on the summer nights. The festival is full of Bon dancing, dances by young people, night stalls and lots of events.
JR Obu station
Yokone Fujii Shrine Festival
Yokone Fujii Shrine Festival is held on the second Sunday of October each year. Three traditional floats are brought out, and children in formal shrine dress enact court dances and play ancient court music (designated as an intangible cultural folk property by the city) to pray for peace in Heaven, on Earth and for the people. Impressed by the attractive dancing, the audience cheers and throws gifts of money wrapped in paper to the dancers.
Yokone Fujii Shrine
With a history of more than 500 years the Doburoku Festival is held annually in February at Nagakusa Tenjin Shrine. Sake, home-brewed by shrine parishioners, is dedicated to the god of the shrine, and then given to the worshippers. Red-faced "Shojo", an imaginary, 3-meter tall Chinese creature who loves sake, appears. It is said that the Powerful "Shojo" gives people good fortune and virtue.
Nagakusa Tenjin Shrine