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Last updated: April 23, 2021
A lively three-day festival in Ikaho
Visit Ikaho Onsen from September 18–20 to experience the energetic atmosphere of Ikaho Festival, when vibrant parades take center stage.
The festival is a visual treat. Eleven “taru mikoshi”—portable shrines made from barrels—are carried on the town’s stone steps while people dance and play traditional Japanese music. On September 18, a tea ceremony called Roka Festival is held to honor Tokutomi Roka (1868–1927), a Japanese writer who visited the town ten times during his lifetime. You can also see the Yukumi ceremony, in which people draw hot water from the spring source.
In order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020.
Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa
About 20 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
September 18–20, 2020
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