UPCOMING EVENT `Onsen Thanksgiving Festival` October 1st and 2nd,2016

If you happen to be in the area don`t miss this fun, local event in Kurokawa Onsen!

This year,the  Kurokawa Onsen Kanshasai or `Onsen Thanksgiving Festival` will take place as usual over the weekend of October 1st and 2nd. Starting from 3pm on october 1st there will be a variety of food stalls,games,displays and events ,mostly located  in the car park of the Visitor Center. There will be lottery tickets on sale,and the draw (prizes last year included Kurokawa Onsen accommodation coupons) will take place at 10pm on the main stage,followed by fireworks.

I just missed the `bottom sumo` last year,or rather,they decided at the last moment to make the men do `bottom sumo` and the women do arm wrestling……These events are scheduled for 7:30pm,but do arrive early if you want to join in as they often change the schedule of events at the last moment

On Sunday October 2nd there will be a colourful parade advertsised as an `Edo period time slip` starting from the San-ai Rest House around 10:30am,proceeding down into the streets of central Kurokawa and then back. Please be prepared for traffic congestion,with some streets (mainly Shimokawabata and Kamikawabata dori) closed to traffic between 11:30am and 1:30pm.  During the weekend of the festival there will be extra parking available just further along route 442 (keep going past the Gas Station,through the tunnel and it will be signposted on the right) with a shuttle bus provided.


Japanese poster and simple map showing parade route on October 2nd and extra parking area (in yellow)




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