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Kanuma Buttsuke Autumn Festival

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A pageant of “Yatai” showcasing the city of Kanuma

A festival held in the city of Kanuma since the 17th century. About 20 gorgeous “Yatai”, hand carved wooden floats, are paraded through the main streets of the city. The highlight of the festival is “Buttsuke”, when three to seven festive floats face one another and compete in a Japanese orchestral showdown. The incredible musical battle is performed late into the night. You can also take a close look at elaborate carvings on three floats exhibited in the Kanuma Yatai no Machi Central Park.

Basic Information

Address 1688-1 Imamiya-cho,Kanuma-city,Tochigi
Telephone Number 0289-63-2188
Website http://buttsuke.com/
Date annually held on the weekends before the second Monday of October
Time 10:00〜21:00
Venue The city of Kanuma (around the Imamiya Shrine)
DIRECTIONS 20-minute walk from JR Nikko Line Kanuma Station.
15-minute walk from Tobu Nikko Line Shin-Kanuma Station.
Map Code 132 224 567*24

Central Area

Utsunomiya, the most populous city in Tochigi, is about an hour from Tokyo by Shinkansen, and serves as a major transportation hub for the different regions of the prefecture. In addition to being known for its famous Gyoza (pan-fried dumplings), Utsunomiya is called the “city of jazz and cocktails”, as there are numerous venues for hearing live jazz music, and the bartenders are quite skilled, so there are plenty of options for enjoyable nightlife.

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