Festivals & Events
Kiryu Yagibushi Festival 桐生八木節祭り
Let the energy and rhythm captivate you
During the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of August, the small mountain city of Kiryu swells to accommodate up to 500,000 people, here to witness and participate in the Kiryu Yagibushi Festival. Come and experience revelers hitting barrels while twirling umbrellas in an event full of light and music.
How to Get There
Rail is the best way to reach Kiryu.
From Asakusa Station in Tokyo to Shin-Kiryu Station on the Tobu Line takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. From Nikko to Kiryu Station on the Watarase Keikoku Line takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Yagibushi is the traditional dance of Gunma
This festival is also known as the Kiryu Gion Festival
Follow the crowds and stroll the streets lined with food stalls, snacking on local specialties. Take part in the festive atmosphere by wearing a yukata, hakama, or the short-sleeved, pajama-like cotton jinbei.
Lose yourself in the music
The main attraction is the music and dancing. The dance has been passed down from generation to generation since 1519. A series of lively dancing circles gather around turrets set up around the city center.
The driving rhythms of drumming on barrels and the sounds of the flutes, whistles, and bells are intoxicating. Before long, you may find yourself joining in with everyone else, having fun and continuing the long tradition of the yagibushi.