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See also the Event Calender of Matsumoto City Official Tourism Website.

Obisha Matsuri (Shinto ritual) - March

This exciting shinto ritual started 500 years ago. Twelve shinto priests shoot twelve arrows to a target, then see whether this year reaps a rich harvest or not by their hitting ratio. Visitors can take broken pieces of holy arrows and the target home, and pray for well being of their family.

Date March 17
Hours start at 3PM
Place Hotaka Shrine
3 minute walk from JR Hotaka station

Soshunfu Matsuri (Memorial concert) - April

Local chorus groups perform spring songs by Hotaka River. The second concert by other performers is held at the Azumino Concert Hall located near the monument. Admission is free.

Date April 29
Hours start at 10AM
Place Hotaka River (at the open space in front of Soshunfu Memorial bronze relief).
30 minute walk from JR Hotaka station

Ayame Matsuri (Iris festival) - June

Akashina area has three rivers running through it. Located by the rivers, Ryumonbuchi Park and Ayame Park are famous for over 5 million irises of 150 kinds. Iris festival is held through mid - end of June when the irises start blooming. There are some other events offered by local groups. You can see irises from mid-June to November.

Date Mid to end of June
Place Ryumonbuchi Park and Ayame Park (Akashina)
10 minute walk from JR Akashina station

Azumino Wasabi Matsuri "Yosakoi" (Dance parade) - August

Over 1400 enthusiastic participants from 50 groups perform exciting dance parade "Yosakoi" on the main street to JR Hotaka station.

Date The first Sunday of August
Hours start at 9AM
Place Main street, JR Hotaka station.

Azumino Fireworks Show - August

The second biggest fireworks show in Nagano
See our blog article.

Date August 14th (16th, in case of rain)
Hours 19:30 - 21:00
Place Bank of Saigawa River near Akashina Station (Shuttle Bus Service from Wasabi Farm)

Ofune Matsuri (Craft boats parade) - September

People in each block of Hotaka area decorate their craft boats with vivid traditional kimono dolls signifying tales from history. They start pulling craft boats around noon and come back to Hotaka shrine by 2 PM. The ceremony ends with crashing craft boats as it's high light.

Date September 26 & 27
Place Hotaka Shrine
3 minute walk from JR Hotaka station

Azumino Kanko Kusakeiba (Horse race) - October

Local horse races with over 70 horses are held in Maki community ground. Kids can enjoy pony back riding.

Date Sat in early or mid-Oct (the next day, in case of rain) (October 10th, in case of year 2009)
Hours AM9:00 - PM3:00
Place Maki Ground
15 minute from the JR Hotaka station by car