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Events and Activities

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From Spring to Summer

Nagiso Azalea Festival
(Date: Mid-April Site: Tenpak Park, Nagiso Town)

Nagiso Azalea Festival About 400 Azaleas clustered in Tenpaku park bloom with their bright pink flowers.
Local specialties and Azalea seedlings are sold during the festival.

Komagatake Shrine Festival
Date3rd, May  SiteShrine, Tokuhara Region, Agematsu Town

A dance is dedicated to the deity of the shrine at the shrine in Tokuhara district, Agematsu town. The sight of seeing four people dancing with a white Tengu mask is really impressive.
It is designated as one of the area's 'intangible folklore cultural assets'.
Komagatake Shrine Festival  

Jyoshoji Flower Festival
DateEarly May SiteShrine, Tokuhara Region, Agematsu Town

Jyoshoji Flower FestivalIt is held for the celebration of Buddha's birth. You can see the march of a papier-mâché white elephant pulled by children and "Suhara Baneso", the event of dancing to folk music, has been continued to be handed down for 600 years.

Kiso Lacquer Craft Festival & Narai Post Station Festival
Ochatsubo Dochu

Kiso Lacquer Craft Festival
DateFrom the first Friday to Sunday of June SiteNarakawa Region, Shiojiri City
It showcases early summer of the Kisoji area. It is held across the Narakawa region, but particularly in the Hirasawa region of Kiso, the major production area of Kiso lacquer craft. Exhibitions, and spot sales of gems of craft work filled with the soul of the craftsman and bargains are held at about 20 stores. Please come and find your choice of lacquer craft.Kiso Lacquer Craft Festival 
Narai Post Town Festival (Ochatsubo Dochu)  
DateFrom first Friday to Sunday of June  
        Ochatsubo Dochu is held on Sunday, the final day. 
SiteNarai Post Town
It is held on the same day as the Kiso Lacquer Craft Festival. It features the "Ochatsubo Procession" on Sunday, the final day. Ochatsubo Dochu refers to a parade departing from Uji, Kyoto, carrying the first tea of the season to be presented to the ruling Shogun of the Tokugawa clan.
You can see as Narai Post Town slips back in time to the Edo period.
Narai Post Station Festival (Ochatsubo Dochu)   

Yabuhara Shrine Festival
Date:8th and 9th, July SiteKiso village

Yabuhara Shrine FestivalYabuhara Shrine Festival
This festival has a history of about 500 years. It is said to have started from a time of praying for the end to a disease spreading by invoking divine protection through people performing a dance in a lion's mask. Stalls of male and female lions and portable shrine dodge and brush against each other. This is an event you should not miss!

Suimu Shrine Festival (Mikoshimakuri) 
Date22nd and 23rd, July SiteFukushima, Kiso town

Minashi Shrine Festival (Mikosimakuri) It is a rare but gallant festival injecting a real boost of life into Kiso's summer. People roll over a portable shrine made from white wood and weighing about 400 kg and gradually break it overnight. The portable shrine is rolled over lengthwise - this event is dynamic and overwhelming. Also a fireworks festival is held on the night of the 22nd, July.

Kiso Dancing Festival
DateAugust Site The square in front of Kisofukushima Branch, Kiso town

Bon dance to "Kisobushi" a unique Kiso style of folk music. It was known even to the people of long ago in the old capital of Kyoto. It is performed at present after the summer festival. The Kiso Odori (dance) events are held in August each year in Kiso town. Many people get together for it around the town every night.Kiso Dancing Festival 
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From Autumn to Winter

Fukushima Checkpoint Festival
DateOctober Site Fukushima, Kiso town

Fukushima Checking Point FestivalIt is a festival associated with the Fukushima inter regional border check point, one of four great checking points. You spend time surrounded with a great deal of Edo atmosphere.
People wearing traditional costumes walk around in a reenactment of a procession of Yamamura, a deputy official, on his way to Edo. Wander around the town and enjoy the old Edo atmosphere.
Local specialties are sold in front of the Kiso City branch office. The circumstances at the checkpoints of that time are re-enacted in short skits at the Fukushima check point.

Hanauma Festival
DateFirst Sunday of October Siteat the square in front of Tadachi station

Three Kiso Horses carrying flower like rice ears with five-colored paper on their saddles parade to the music of flutes and drums from the square in front of Tadachi Station to the Itsumiya shrine. The festival's main attraction is people jostling over the flowers put on the backs of the three horses. The flowers are said to protect the people against danger if they are put at the entrance of ones house and against insects if put on the ridge between rice fields. It is a traditional event that has been designated as one of Nagano Prefecture's 'intangible folklore assets'.Hanauma Festival 

Kaida Plateau Buckwheat Festival
Date14th , October SiteKaida Platesu, Kiso town

Kaida Plateau buckwheat festivalPeople eat newly harvested Soba in Kaida Plateau, one of the most famous Soba-producing areas in Nagano. Performances including drum beating are held on a stage. Local specialties are sold. Annual Soba eating contests energize the festival.

Emaki Parade
Date23rd, November SiteTsumago Post Town, Nagiso Town

People clothed as Traditional characters clad in costumes representing feudal lords, monks, and a bride riding on a Kiso horse walk in a parade around the town. You may feel as if you have slipped back into the 'Edo period'.Emaki Parade 

Kisoji Hyosetsu Himatsuri
Datefrom January end 
 Site:All 11 post towns in Kisoji & 3 sites at the foot of Kiso-Ontake Mountain

It is held at each Post Town and in each region based on their respective tastes of how to best celebrate in the depths of midwinter. You can enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of candles lit all around the town.
Kisoji Hyosetsu Himaturi Kisoji Hyosetsu Himaturi
Kisoji Hyosetsu Himaturi Kisoji Hyosetsu Himaturi
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Year Round

Adventure Races
DateAll-year SiteOtaki village

Sports events such as bicycle races and adventure races are held throughout the year in Otaki village. There is a mountain bike race running 100 kilometers up and down hills and through the forest trails on a mountain bike. All of these challenging events including the "sky marathon" running through the Mt. Ontake area confront you with the great natural environs of Otaki village.Adventure Race