戸倉上山田温泉周辺の春の花や祭りの情報 Spring Flower and Festival Info for Togura Kamiyamada Onsen

2010.02.24: 温泉タウン戸倉上山田 Onsen Town Togura-Kamiyamada


節分草 (戸倉駅の上の天狗公園) 3月中旬~下旬

森「杏の里」のあんず祭 4月2日~16日

イースターフェスティバルin戸倉上イやまだ温泉 4月3日

上山田の知識寺の春祭り 4月17日(土)

戸倉の水上布奈山神社 御柱際 4月18日(日)

牛に引かれて善光寺詣り 5月5日(水)

科野のムラお田植えまつり 6月13日(日)

Springtime Flower and Event Info for Togura Kamiyamada Onsen Area

Setsubunsou Flowers (Togura Tengu Park) Mid to Late March
The cutest little white wildflowers, with pretty yellow and purple centers, bloom in a section of the hillside next to Tengu Park above Togura Station. They bloom after the snow cover melts, and attract many an avid photographer.
10 minutes by car from Kamesei Ryokan, 10 minutes on foot from Togura Station.

Apricot Blossoms, Mori "Apricot Vilage" Early to Mid April
This year's Apricot Blossom Festival will be held from April 2nd to the 16th in quaint, rural Mori. One of Chikuma City's signature events. The delicate light pink color of the apricot blossoms are spread out among the farmhouses in this rural valley.
25 minutes by car from Kamesei / Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, or 10 minutes by shuttle bus from Yashiro Station.

Easter Festival in Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, 4/03
Me and some fellow foreigners share our culture with the local children, with a huge, 1000-egg Easter egg hunt at the Fountain Park along the Chikuma River here in Togura Kamiyamada Onsen. Egg-related games and free horse buggy rides.

Chishiki-ji Temple's Spring Festival 4/17
A decidedly local traditional festival at a decidedly local temple. Absolutely 100% not touristy. Which makes it absolutetly 100% interesting for tourists from overseas, because it is a glimpse at local culture in rural Japan. I'll be there playing my flute with my fellow members of the Kamiyamada Lion Dance group.
5 minutes by car from Kamesei / Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, or 15 minutes on foot.

Togura's Mizukami Funayama Shrine's Onbashira 4/18
The big once-every-seven-years Onbashira will take place this year in Suwa. Branch shrines throughout the area have their own local versions, including this shrine near Togura Station. A massive log will be moved from a nearby mountain and set up at the shrine at a special ceremony. This festival, also, is meant for locals as opposed to tourists, which makes it that much more meaningful for outsiders to experience.
The shrine is a 10 minute walk from Togura Station, or 15 minutes from Kamesei Ryokan.

Pulled By an Ox to Zenkoji Walk 5/05
Togura Kamiiyamada Onsen's annual 30km walk to Zenkoji Temple, in honor of the legend of an old lady following an ox to the temple. This year, it's my turn to be the head organizer. So if you have any suggestions for improvements, feel free to let me know!

Rice Planting at Shinano Village, Mori 6/13
Next to the Prefectural History Museum is a recreated prehistoric village, complete with rice paddies. Every year, an event is held with young ladies dressed in period costumes hand-planting the rice seedlings to the accompaniement of taiko drums. One field is open for anyone to try their hand at wading into the mud and doing "ta-ue" rice planting. It's a great opportunity to experience ta-ue, as well as gain a new appreciation for rice.
The history museum is 25 minutes by car from Kamesei / Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, or 15 minutes on foot from Yashiro Station.

Shinano Village ”ta-ue”

Suwa's Onbashira column -- Togura's will be a bit smaller!

Chishikiji and our Okagura lion


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