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Yamagata, 18 Jan.

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival

Yamagata Hanagasa Festival Yamagata Hanagasa Festival

Although modern in origin, the Yamagata Hanagasa (“flower hat”) Festival is now one of four major festivals of the Tohoku region, featuring some 10,000 people dancing along the streets of Yamagata City in a huge parade. Taking place August 5–7, this matsuri (festival) celebrates the traditional music and dance of the region. Dancers wear straw hats decorated with artificial safflowers, the flower of Yamagata, and these days the hats are often used to enliven the performances.

Japan National Tourism Organization Website

Tokyo (Narita) to Yamagata Hanagasa Festival, Yamagata

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 5 min

      From 4,490 yen

    2. Shonai Airport

      • Bus

      40 min

      840 yen

    3. Sakata Station

      • Train

      2 h 10 min

      2,270 yen

    4. Yamagata Station

      • Walk

      5 min

    5. Yamagata Hanagasa Festival

All listed travel times and costs are approximate.

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