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One of Japan’s three biggest Dashi (Float) Festivals,

“Chichibu Night Festival” 

 

Chichibu Shrine has a yearly festival that is over 300 years old called the “Chichibu Night Festival”, which is included in Japan's three biggest Dashi (Float) Festivals along with Kyoto's Gion Festival and Hida's (Gifu Prefecture) Takayama Festival, and was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016.
The Chichibu Night Festival is held every year on December 2nd and 3rd, and has two luxurious and gorgeous Kasaboko (decorative float) and four yatai (float) that are skillfully carved and richly colored and has a back curtain embroidered with gold thread (nationally designated important tangible cultural properties), which lights up Chichibu in the winter.
On the 3rd, the yatai stage is reassembled and Yatai Kabuki is performed, and each yatai performs a dance drama called hikiodori.
In the evening, the Kasaboko and yatai are light up with lanterns, and when it is time to pull the floats up Dangozaka hill, large fireworks are set off in the night sky, concluding the Chichibu Night Festival.

 

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Opening December 2: Festival-eve vigil, December 3: Main festival
Address Chichibu-shi
Access

Public Transport

・3 minutes on foot from Chichibu Station on the Chichibu Railway
・10 minutes on foot from Seibu Chichibu Station

Car

50 minutes from Hanazono IC on the Kan-Etsu Expressway

Official site http://navi.city.chichibu.lg.jp/p_festival/1030/