`Kurokawaonsen Kanshasai` festival schedule details

My student at one of the Ryokan in Kurokawa did a translation of the schedule of events at the two-day festival in Kurokawa,

so this may be helpful if you are planning to join in:

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Every year there is a big event in Kurokawa in October “Kurokawaonsen Kanshasai”

This year it will be on October 4th and 5th. Please come and join in the fun!


OCTOBER 4TH schedule of events

15:00 Drums and band

Various foods stalls

16:00  Lucky draw for childen. (free)

games for children

17:30 Live band!

18:00  Official opening

18:10 Kagura performance

19:00 Arm wrestling(men)

Bottom sumo (women)

20:00 Traditional “Ushibuka Haiya” dance performance

20:30 Drum performance

20:45 Catch a mochi rice cake!

20:55 Closing remarks

Lucky draw results!

21:55 Fireworks


Place: Visitor Center car park

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OCTOBER 5TH schedule of events


Parade in samurai costume

Start 11am from “Sanai rest house”

The route is along “Kawabatadori” through the center of Kurokawa and takes approx.1 hour


The red line shows the route of the parade.

(from right to left)


Bring your camera!

In the event of rain the parade will be cancelled.

October Event: Kurokawa Onsen Festival on October 4th and 5th!

A date for your diaries if you happen to be in the Kurokawa area on the weekend of October 4th and 5th!

This year the festival has been extended to two days,with many events taking place on the Saturday from 3pm and a parade from 11pm on the Sunday morning. Details to follow,but in the meantime please take a look at the photos below for an idea of what to expect! Music,food,bottom sumo(?…I want to try that!!!) fireworks,a lucky draw and more…….




Onsen- hop # 6 `Nishimura`

…..at last the weather has cooled down enough to allow me back into hot (spring) water!

It was a rather dull and wet Friday afternoon when I decided to pop into Nishimura Ryokan`s outdoor bath (No.13 on the map),and I chose this one as it is right in the center of Kurokawa , easily accessible from the street and I had limited time for my dip. In fact you can drive right up to the building housing the outdoor baths,but dont forget to call in at the Ryokan reception across the way first to show your Onsen-hopping pass. Once inside the enclosed bathhouse though,with the sound of the river nearby and  trees and mossy roof overhead you can easily forget that you are bathing just a stone`s throw from Kurokawa`s main street!



View of Nishimura Ryokan`s outdoor bath complex from the street.


So I was in the bath within moments,and although there were a few cold raindrops on my head I was mostly protected from the rain by overhead foliage and soon warmed up nicely in the quite spacious,rocky pool. Body soap provided,but no shower as far as I could see,so you just need to scoop up bowlfuls of water from the main bath for rinsing.

Whoops…loos must be across the road in the Ryokan building itself though…….that could prove a wee  bit inconvenient!



Steamy waters….


Well,just a quick dip today but I`m happy to say that autumn is here and I will be trying out plenty of different outdoor baths in Kurokawa in this,my absolutely favourite, season!











In summary……central and convenient

Would I visit again?  Yes,if I just want a quick dip.

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