Morioka Autumn Festival 盛岡秋祭り

Morioka Aki Matsuri
Morioka Aki Matsuri

An action-packed festival with massive floats and mounted archers

Over the past 300 years, the Morioka Autumn Festival in Iwate has evolved into a cultural, aural and visual delight. Held every September, the four-day festival is free to see.

If you're the adventurous type, join in the chanting as the floats are pulled along the streets of Morioka to the sounds of taiko drums and flutes.

Don't Miss

  • The gorgeous and fantastically detailed floats
  • Horseback archery, known as yabusame, at Morioka Hachimangu Shrine

How to Get There

Access Iwate Park by bus or taxi from Morioka Station.

Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Morioka Station, then the Morioka Central Loop Bus to the shrine, about 10 minutes away. You can also walk there in 20 minutes.

Join in the festivities

The festival features 10 beautifully decked-out floats, some of which take up to six months to build and decorate. If you want to get close to enjoy the various colors and images, do so before the parade starts.

The floats are accompanied by musicians playing taiko drums and flutes. Bystanders at the parade chant or sing as the floats move past. The chants are often so loud that they can be heard miles away.

Each of the massive floats is non-motorized and has to be pulled by about 200 people.

Not just shooting for accuracy

On the final day of the festival at Morioka Hachimangu Shrine, you can see mounted archers test their skill with bow and arrow. It's believed that their accuracy will ensure a good harvest, peace, and safety for family and other parishioners of the shrine.

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