Aizu-Tajima Gion Festival

Aizu-Tajima Gion Festival

Please note: The 2020 Aizu-Tajima Gion Festival will be held on a much smaller scale this year, as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Attendance will be limited to local people.

This festival - recognised as a Significant Intangible Folk Cultural Asset - has a history of over 800 years. The highlight of the festival is watching a procession of women dressed in beautiful traditional Japanese wedding apparel, making their way to the shrine at the heart of the town. The kabuki performances carried out by local children is also worth seeing.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttp://www.minamiaizu.org/gion/(Japanese)
Best Season
  • Summer
Event RecurrenceHeld annually from July 22 to 24
Access Details
AccessThe festival is a short walk from Aizu-Tajima Station
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Getting there

By Car:

  • 1 hour drive from Aizu-Wakamatsu City.
  • 2 hour drive from Fukushima City and Koriyama City.


By Train:

  • From Asakusa Station, take the Revaty Train to Aizu-Tajima Station (Takes around 3 hours 15 minutes)
  • From Aizu-Wakamatsu, take the Aizu Railway Line from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station to Aizu-Tajima Station (Takes around 1 hour 15 minutes).

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Cultural Experiences

Hot in Yanaizu

Yanaizu Town is best known as the birthplace of the legend of the lucky red cow Akabeko, but it is also known for its famous manju (sweet steamed buns). Hot in Yanaizu is a center with a bit of everything; it sells local products, has sightseeing information, rest areas, and an eatery. They even have an "experience area". It goes without saying that, at Hot in Yanaizu, you can paint your own Akabeko, but you can also make manju with the help of the facilities' kind staff (Read more here). Hot in Yanaizu have staff that can speak English, but please make sure to contact them in advance, as you might not be able to do the experience without placing a booking. Please take your time & enjoy the slow pace of Japanese countryside life in Yanaizu Town.

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Cultural Experiences

Kuimaru Elementary School

Kuimaru Elementary School is a historic Japanese school that was built during the Showa era of Japan, making it over 80 years old! In the 1980s, a modern elementary school was built nearby, leaving this old school house abandoned. Fortunately, this building was preserved and converted into a museum. It happens to be one of only a handful of old fashioned schools left standing in Japan! Here you can explore the old school grounds including a large ginkgo tree that is over 100 years old. A long standing symbol of the school. In Autumn (early to mid-November) the leaves turn a beautiful golden yellow, and when they fall, the school yard is carpeted in these golden leaves. The school building has undergone some light renovations, but the charm of this old building has been beautifully preserved. Inside the building you can wander through the halls and explore the classrooms, you can sit at the little wooden desks, page through some old textbooks and imagine what it would have been like to be a student here around 80 years ago! Fun fact: The school building was once used as a filming location for the 2013 movie Hameln (ハーメルン). After you explore the school if you are feeling a bit hungry, there is a café next door called “Soba Café SCHOLA” that serves 100% buckwheat noodles (soba noodles) as well as other dishes created with 100% buckwheat (soba) flour. These dishes are naturally gluten-free and delicious.

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Outdoor Activities

Smelt Ice Fishing

Come be surrounded by Mother Nature, enjoy ice fishing, and eat delicious, fresh smelt in Urabandai! During November and December, smelt fishing is done from on board a traditional Japanese houseboat. From January through March, it can be enjoyed atop the ice. The houseboats and the rental houses available for ice fishing allow you to fish in warmth and comfort. A one-day, 700 fishing permit is required and can be purchased at convenience stores in Urabandai. For information about smelt fishing, please contact the Urabandai Tourism Association.

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