October Event: 2015 Kurokawa Onsen Festival, October 3rd

It`s that time of year again, this year`s Kurokawa Onsen Festival will be taking place on Saturday,October 3rd near the Visitor Center  and in the surrounding streets. If you are staying in Kurokawa that night it should be quite lively downtown and well worth a look. I`m intrigued by the `bottom sumo` and may well give it a try this year…

Events start from around 3pm and end later than usual this year at 11pm,with fireworks. If you are driving,be prepared for some road closures or diversions downtown,especially during the evening parade.

Here is a schedule of the day`s events:

15:00 Food stalls open

16:00 Lucky draw for children (and a rumour that a certain big black bear with rosy red cheeks may be in the area!)

16:30 Games for children

17:30 Live music (brass band)

18:10 Parade in Samurai costume starts

18:40 Events for adults,arm-wrestling (men) and bottom sumo (women)

19:30 Live music

20:20 Parade in Samurai costume arrives

21:20 Yamanami Taiko drums

21:50 Mochi-rice ball tossing

22:00 Prize draw

22:50 Fireworks







Yukata Photo Contest in Kurokawa! Still time to enter!!

How cool do you look in a Yukata?

If you are staying in Kurokawa Onsen,or renting a Yukata from the `Bechin-kan`, before the end of September you can still enter the Yukata Photo Contest!

It`s easy to enter,just send your photo in an e-mail by the Sept.30th closing date to:


and indicate if you are entering the `FAMILY`  `COUPLE` or `FRIEND`category.

Prizes in each category include accommodation coupons and 5000yen shopping vouchers!

Japanese leaflet follows…