Inuyama Spring Festival
Since 1635 (寛永12)
1st Saturday and Sunday of April
(around Inuyama Castle)
Inuyama Spring Festival which started in 1635 was
originaly a festival of Haritsuna Shrine
Now it is held mainly in the yard of Haritsuna Shrine
with 13 beautiful traditional floats.
The festival was designated as National Important Intangible Folk cultural assets.
Each float has karakuri (mechanical pupetts) on the top.
They parade each blocks,
then all of them get together in front of Haritsuna Jinja (shrine)
which sits at the foot of the hill of Inuyama Castle.
In the evening, each float is decorated with 365 lit lanterns
which shows one year.
The covination of beautiful sakura and fantastic lanterns
produce a gorgeous atomosphere.
From 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. each float tour around each area.
Sat.(in front of Haritsuna Shrine and Eki-Nishiguchi Rotary)
Sun.(Yosaka and Inuyamaguchi-Ekimae)
One of the highlights of this festival is Donden /Shagiri.
The Wheals of floats has rigid axle, so when they turn a corner,
they show us special technic and power.
That's very interesting.
|Saturday (Eve) ：Shingaku-sai 試楽祭|
|7:50-9:00||Floats are pulled out from each blocks to Haritsuna Shrine (13 floats)|
|9:40〜10:40||Thirteen floats gather in front of Haritsuna Shrine one by one. Stay there until noon.|
|12:00-13:15||The crew of the six floats (station gathering group) dedicate karakuri
performance to the God of Haritsuna shrine.
Then they move to Inuyama station Nishiguchi
|13:40-15:10||The crew of the seven floats (shrine gathering group) perform karakuri to the God of Haritsuna shrine.|
|18:05||(Shrine gathering group) Each float turns on the light of 365 lanterns|
|18:30||(Station gathering group) Each six float turns on the light of 365 lanterns|
|19:30-19:55||Six floats of the station-gathering-group return to their bases one by one.|
|18:45-19:15||Seven floats of the shrine-gathering-group return to their bases one by one.|
|21:45||All the floats arrive at their bases at their communities|
|Sunday： Hongaku-sai 本楽祭|
|8:00-8:30||13 floats are pulled out from each blocks to Haritsuna Shrine|
|8:40-9:20||13 floats gather in front of Haritsuna Shrine|
|10:00-14:40||The crew of the 6 floats dedicate karakuri performance to the God of Haritsuna
Then 6 floats (Group North) move to Yosaka, and 7 floats (Group South) to Inuyama-guchi.
|18:30||Each float turns on the 365 lights.|
|18:30-18:55||Six floats of Group North start for Haritsuna Shrine|
|18:40-19:10||7 floats (Group South) start to return to their blocks one by one.|
|19:30-19:55||6 floats (Group North) gather in front of Haritsuna Shrine|
|20:20-20:45||6 floats of the Group North start to return to their blocks one by one.|
|21:45||All the floats arrive at their blocks|
Get off at Inuyama Sta. on the Meitetsu Line.
Get off at Inuyama-Yuen sta. on the Meitetsu line.
(approx. 30 min. from Nagoya by limited express)
Head to the Inuyama Castle or follow the crowd.
Inuyama Kanko Annaisho TEL: 0568-61-6000