Hida Regional Tourism Council

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Events

March

March to April

Hida Takayama Hina Doll Festival

Various hina dolls, including clay dolls and realistic kokin-bina dolls, are exhibited. During the festival, a “stamp rally” event is held.- Hida Takayama (Takayama City)

April

April 14 and 15

Spring Takayama Festival UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Spring Festival called “Sanno-sai Festival,” which signals the arrival of spring, is the annual festival of the Hie Shrine (also known as Sanno-sama) enshrining a guardian deity of the southern half of the old Takayama Castle Town.- Hida Takayama (Takayama City)

4月19日・20日

Okoshi Daiko at Furukawa Festival UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Furukawa Festival is one of the world’s unique festivals, in which a rousing drum performance and gorgeous float parade are held. This shrine ritual is registered as a national Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.- Hida Furukawa (Hida City)

April to May (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)

Hida Takayama Kimono Walk

Rental kimono, including a complete set of kimono, accessories, and zori sandals, are available. Just bring yourself!- Hida Takayama (Takayama City)

May

Late May

Hida Nagareha Trekking

Collecting edible wild plants and bamboo shoots Tour to collect edible wild plants while walking through a fresh green forest- Kamioka (Hida City)

Jun

26-Jun

Okuhida Onsen-go Open-air Bath Day

On this day, designated open-air baths are free and open to the public. (One day only)- Okuhida Onsen-go (Takayama City)

July

July to September

Mount Norikura Star-watching Event

This star-watching event is held at Tatami-daira on Mount Norikura. Enjoy the sunrise on the next morning!- Hida Takayama (Takayama City)

July 25 to August 25

Fukuji Onsen Summer Festival

The traditional lion dance “Henbetori” (intangible cultural heritage) is performed.- Okuhida Onsen-go (Takayama City)

August

August 1 to 4

Gero Onsen Festival

Various events, including Ryujin Hi Matsuri (Dragon Fire Festival) and a fireworks musical, are held. The four days are filled with great excitement.- Gero Onsen (Gero City)

August 14 and 15

Hirase Onsen Southern Region Bon Festival Dance

You can enjoy Bon dancing with local people.- Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa-mura)

15-Aug

Hida Togenkyo Kuguno Summer Festival

This festival is the summer feature of Kuguno, Takayama City. The fireworks of the festival are very impressive.- Hida Takayama (Takayama City)

Late August

Hida Kamioka Two-day Walk

Participants go on a walk to intermountain and rural areas from which the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps) can be seen.- Kamioka (Hida City)

September

September to November (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)

Hida Takayama Kimono Walk

Rental kimono, including complete sets of kimono, accessories, and zori sandals, are available. Just bring yourself!- Hida Takayama (Takayama City)

Fourth Saturday in September

Hida Furukawa Kitsune-bi Matsuri

In the Kitsune-bi Matsuri (Fox Fire Festival), a fox wedding procession featuring people dressed up as foxes solemnly parades around the town under the moonlight.- Hida Furukawa (Hida City)

October

October 9 and 10

Autumn Takayama Festival UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Autumn Festival called “Hachiman Festival,” an autumn feature in Takayama, is the annual festival of the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine enshrining a guardian deity of the northern half of the old Takayama Castle Town.- Hida Takayama (Takayama City)

Mid-October

Shanikusai (Food Festival)

Festival in which visitors can enjoy Hida beef and other various local foods- Gero Onsen (Gero City)

October 14 to 19

Doburoku Festival

Doburoku (unrefined sake) dedicated to the shrine is served to visitors.- Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa-mura)

Late October

Shin-hotaka Autumn Walk—Enjoy the night sky

You can enjoy star-watching with use of a mobile observatory and autumn foliage illumination.- Hida Takayama (Takayama City)

November

Beginning of November

Autumn Foliage Illumination (Gasshozukuri Minkaen)

You can enjoy colored leaves and gassho-zukuri houses (old-style farmhouses) illuminated in the dark of the night.- Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa-mura)

December

Saturdays in December

Gero Onsen Fireworks Musical Winter Performance

The fireworks are launched in time with the music, looking as if they were dancing.- Gero Onsen (Gero City)

December to March

Okuhida Fuyu Monogatari (Winter Story of Okuhida) Events

Various winter events are held in the Hirayu, Fukuji, Shin-hirayu, Tochio, and Shin-hotaka hot springs- Okuhida Onsen-go (Takayama City)

January

1-Jan

Harukoma (Kogai Festival)

Local traditional dance performed on celebratory occasions, including New Year’s Day, annual Shinto festivals, and wedding receptions- Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa-mura)

Every Saturday between January and March

Winter Gero Onsen Fireworks Story—Seasonal fireworks

Fireworks depicting Gero’s seasonal events and customs are launched.- Gero Onsen (Gero City)

January to February

Hida Takayama Sake Brewery Tour

Six sake breweries located in a quaint setting alternately show their brewing facilities to the public. Free tasting is available.- Hida Takayama (Takayama City)

15-Jan

Santera Mairi

Santera Mairi (Three Temple Visit Festival) is believed to bring romance. Rental kimono are available for those who want to visit temples wearing a kimono.- Hida Furukawa (Hida City)

February

Mid-February

Hatsukonpira Night Festival

Festival in which original floats (created by 10 to 15 teams) parade around the town, serving as a rite of winter- Kamioka (Hida City)

February

Hirase Onsen Katteko Snow Fireworks

Fireworks launched in February when the snow turns into a state called “katteko,” or sufficiently hard to walk on- Hirase Onsen (Shirakawa-mura)