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Fujiwara Festival

藤原まつり(平泉町)

Every spring and fall, a festival is held to emulate the Golden Culture of Hiraizumi which flourished under the Oshu Fujiwara clan.

Spring Fujiwara Festival ( 5/1-5/5 )
After a memorial service in honor of the four Fujiwara lords, a variety of colorful events are held to commemorate the glory of the Golden Culture. The climax is the May 3 parade of Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his retainers, a reenactment of the joyful reception of Yoshitsune in Hiraizumi when the young hero fled the pursuit of his vengeful older brother, Yoritomo. Every year a popular young actor plays the part of Yoshitsune, and many women flock to the festival to see their favorite star. Another fun event is a rice-cake carrying contest, in which contestants compete to see who can carry a 160-kg rice cake the farthest. Ennen no Mai Dance, an important intangible folk-cultural property, is also performed during the festival.
The Fall Fujiwara Festival ( 11/1-11/3 )
After a memorial service in honor of the four Fujiwara lords, a variety of events are held, such as a kimono-clad children’s parade, Chusonji Noh performance, kagura and shishi-odori dance performances, as well as Ennen no Mai. Enjoy Hiraizumi’s fall colors that accompany the festival.

VENUE DETAILS

Inquiries
Tourist Information Ichinoseki Tourist Information 0191-23-2350 Hiraizumi Tourist Information 0191-46-2110
Access 1
Loop Bus from JR Hiraizumi StationHiraizumi Loop Bus "Run-Run" StationHiraizumi Loop Bus "Run-Run" Get on at Hiraizumi Station Boarding Area 1 Get off at Hiraizumi About 3 min. 0191-23-4250 ( Iwateken Kotsu ) http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/transport/index.html ( in 4 languages )
Access 2
On Foot 3 min. from JR Hiraizumi Station
Access 3
Taxi About 3 min. from JR Hiraizumi Station
Access 4
Bicycle Rental Swallow Tour 9:00-17:00 ( May-October ) ; 9:00-16:00 ( November-April ) 70 bicycles available 0191-46-5086 Bicycle Rental "Kaze" 9:00-17:00 47 bicycles available 090-4041-5736
Access 5
Car About 5 min. from Hiraizumi-Maesawa IC

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