Otawara Yatai Matsuri

Fun celebration in April in Tochigi prefecture

Venue: Otawara When: Mid Apr 2023
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

April is time for the Yatai Matsuri in Otawara, Tochigi prefecture. It’s a loud, fun, musical(ish) 2 day event downtown, near the Kanodoro lantern… The festival involves wooden floats called Yatai. These traditional small, mobile food stalls in Japan typically sell ramen or other food. The name literally means "shop stand."

The floats are beautifully decorated with carvings of animals, dragons, monkeys, with lots of different lanterns that light up at night. Some floats are plain (but beautiful) wood, some are lacquered, some painted. They are all very different and each one comes from a region around Otawara…

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Elena Lisina 2 years ago
I love Japanese festivals! They're so cheerful! Thanks for sharing great shots!

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