Charming! Dynamic! Hanagasa dance
Yamagata Hanagasa Festival is one of the four major festivals in Tohoku. It is the leading summer festival of Yamagata. The festival is held over three days from August 5 every year. More than 10,000 dancers parade on the main street in the city while dancing to the hanagasa music accompanied by soul-stirring hanagasa drums with shouts of ""Yassho, Makasho!""
As the name of hanagasa (conical hat adorned with flowers) implies, a hat decorated with safflowers, the flower of the prefecture, is a must for the dancers. When a large group of dancers wearing gorgeous kimonos dances simultaneously, the hanagasa surge up dynamically and arouse excitement.
If you are not satisfied just by watching the dancing, you can experience a hanagasa dance in the no advance registration required area. There are also teachers who will show you how to dance here, so even those taking part for the first time can have peace of mind. Please try dancing an authentic hanagasa dance together with locals.
- ●Approx. 10 minutes on foot from JR Yamagata Station
●Approx. 15 minutes by car from Yamagata Zao IC on the Yamagata Expressway
- Car Park
- Please use the toll parking lot in the vicinity.
- Visit this website
- Reviews (TripAdvisor)
- Three days from August 5 every year
- Yamagata Prefecture Hanagasa Council Executive Office (In Yamagata Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
- Telephone Number