Ofune Matsuri (wooden boat parade)

People in each block of the Hotaka area decorate their own handmade craft boats with vivid traditional kimono dolls representing folktales from early history. They start pulling the wooden boats around noon and come back to Hotaka Shrine by 2 p.m. The ceremony ends with crashing craft boats — the festival’s highlight.

September 26 and 27
Hotaka Shrine
3-minute walk from JR Hotaka Station