Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival

“Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival” is a traditional event with an approximately 300-year history held for 5 days every year from July 31st to August 4th. It features highlights such as a parade of elegant portable shrines provided by three different Shinto shrines, a variety of other folk entertainment including “Hachinohe Horyo Kagura” dances such as the lion mask dance with teeth rattling in unison, and the competition of lavishly-decorated festival floats, and is one of the “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan” designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The festival’s biggest attractions are the lavish, extravagant, and refined festival floats, which can be as much as 8 meters wide and 10 meters tall and are said to be the largest used in any festival in Japan. The sight of these 27 massive floats approaching with their special decorations in motion is not to be missed.