- Iwato Festival
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- 【The only festival in Aichi Prefecture that combines floats with the Tonin Gyoji】
Iwato Festival is held on April 19th every year at the Iwato-jinja Shrine enshrined at Imaise-cho Umayose situated in the northern part of Ichinomiya City. It is written in works of literature such as the ""Biyo Muramura Saireishu"" (1755) and ""Kankyo Manpitsu"" (1851) that the festival was held on August 19th during the Edo period. Today, an annual festival including the Tonin Gyoji is held on April 19th, and a dedication of floats and donation of horses are carried out on the following Sunday. This is an extremely valuable festival, as it is the only festival in Aichi Prefecture, a place where festivals with float dedications are popular, that combines floats with the Tonin Gyoji. The floats are designated as Ichinomiya City's tangible folk-cultural property and the festival is designated as Ichinomiya City's intangible folk-cultural property. The highlights of the festival held on Sunday are a dedication of three floats and donation of six horses. Dedications include Karakuri puppet performances like the Karako doll swinging on rods on the Daishoguruma float, the Karako doll rotating on a bar on the Nakayashikiguruma float, and the Karako doll doing a handstand on the Yamanoshojiguruma float. Omanto horses are donated by the six Seko areas; Daisho, Sarayashiki, Donkoji, Yamanoshoji, Rokujizo and Yoshida.
The three floats that remain today are floats of the Inuyama style with three tiers, and the Karakuri puppets have no strings attached.
||From 14:00 to 17:30
||Iwato-jinja Shrine（Iwato 2, Umayose, Imaise-cho, Ichinomiya City）
||Iwato Festival Float Preservation Association (Iwato-jinja Shrine Office) 0586－73－5221
Access / Map
Access / Map
|Access by public transport
||Alight at Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line Iwato Station, and walk for approx. 15 minutes.
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