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Mitsumine Jinja (shrine) Gomottomo-sama festival

01-25-2021

gomottomo_01 Toshiotoko (men born in a year with the same Chinese zodiac as the current year) scatter fortune beans placed on the offering stand as they yell, "fuku wa uchi" (luck in). At that time, helpers in the back keep shouting "Gomottomo-sama" in a loud voice, and also push out the large Gomottomo-sama upwards.
DayFebruary 3
AreaChichibu City
LocationMitsumine Jinja (shrine)

Muku Jinja (shrine) Oniyarai festival in Minano

01-25-2021

oniyarai_01 Traditional Shinto rituals are performed in the order of the ceremony of hohei, ceremony of mamemaki, ceremony of hikime, and then the Fukujin-mai dance at the end.
DayFebruary 3
AreaChichibu City
LocationChichibu Jinja (shrine)

Hodosan Jinja (shrine) Setsubun Tsuina festival

01-25-2021

A Shinto ritual called hikime is performed in front of the inner shrine. The priest shoots arrows into the directions of north, south, east, west and the center to drive away evil spirits and bring in good fortune. The person who collects the arrow is said to enjoy good fortune during that year.
DayFebruary 3
AreaNagatoro Town
LocationHodosan Jinja (shrine)

Muku Jinja (shrine) Oniyarai festival in Minano

01-25-2021

A Shinto ritual called hikime is performed in front of the inner shrine. The priest shoots arrows into the directions of north, south, east, west and the center to drive away evil spirits and bring in good fortune. The person who collects the arrow is said to enjoy good fortune during that year.
DayFebruary 3
AreaMinano Town
LocationMuku Jinja (shrine)

Best time for viewing wintersweets

01-16-2021

Japanese plum

01-15-2021

ume_01 Hodosan Mountain's Ume Hyakkaen (Hundred Plum Park) is known as the plum park with the most varieties in the Kanto region, offering roughly 170 different varieties.
DayLate February to late March
AreaChichibu City, Nagatoro Town

Icicles of Misotsuchi, Otaki

12-25-2020

misotsuchi_01 With a height of about 8m and width of about 30m, this is a massive artwork object created from the spring water gushing out from the rock surface.
DayFrom early January
AreaChichibu City
LocationOtaki Misotsuchi

Icicles of Ashigakubo

12-25-2020

ashigakubo_01 The locals make artificial icicles by utilizing the mountain slope to scatter the water from the mountain stream. Great access from the station.
DayFrom early January
AreaYokoze Town
LocationAshigakubo Hyonosawa

Icicles of Onouchi Valley

12-25-2020

onouchi_tsurara_01 Artificially made icicles in Onouchi Valley using water originating from the Ryokamisan Mountain, one of the 100 famous Japanese mountains. The view of these massive icicles from the suspension bridge is spectacular.
DayFrom early January
AreaOgano Town
LocationOnouchi Valley

Wintersweets

12-25-2020

robai_01 3,000 wintersweets bloom across the roughly 15,000 square meter ground at the peak of Hodosan Mountain (elevation: 497m).
DayEarly January to late February
AreaNagatoro Town
LocationHodosan Mountain peak

Strawberry picking

12-25-2020

ichigo_01 Grown with the clean air and water of Chichibu, enjoy these rich-tasting strawberries from early spring on Chichibu Road.
DayEarly January to early May
AreaChichibu citywide

River rafting

01-01-2016

Enjoy river rafting through the rocks of Nagatoro, Chichibu, that has been designated as on of Japan's special natural monuments, for a tranquil, relaxing, and at times thrilling ride! Listen to the fun boatman's guide information as you river raft in Nagatoro, offering fun for everyone from young to old. The kotatsu (foot warmer) boat of the winter is really popular!
AreaNagatoro Town

Pilgrimage of three shrines in Chichibu (Chichibu Jinja (shrine), Mitsumine Jinja (shrine), Hodosan Jinja (shrine))

01-01-2016

The Hodosan Jinja (shrine) where Yamatotakeru and the mountain dog legends remain, the Chichibu Jinja (shrine) of the Myoken faith famous for the Chichibu night festival and the Mitsumine Jinja (shrine) where gods are said to reside deep in the moutains, are together known as the "Three Shrines of Chichibu." Many people visit the shrines every year.
AreaChichibu City, Nagatoro Town
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