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Handa Spring Festivals (半田の春祭り)

2020.03.21

★Please note that events in and around Nagoya may be affected by the ongoing situation involving the novel coronavirus. For the latest information on each event, please refer to the relevant website★

The Handa Spring Festivals are a series of festivals held in various parts of Handa City between mid-March and early May. The events feature spectacular floats (山車 / dashi) and mechanical puppets (からくり / karakuri), attracting festival lovers from all over Japan. The following is a list of festivals by district / festival name, ① dates and ② access.

  • Okkawa (乙川) ① Sat. 21 & Sun. 22 Mar. ② A 5-minute walk north from Okkawa Sta. (乙川駅, CE06) on the JR Taketoyo Line (武豊線)
  • Yanabe (岩滑) ① Sat. 11 & Sun. 12 Apr. ② A 5-min. walk from Handaguchi Sta. (半田口駅, KC10), Meitetsu Kōwa Line (名鉄河和線)
  • Yanabe Shinden (岩滑新田) ① Sat. 11 & Sun. 12 Apr. ② A 30-min. walk from Handaguchi Sta. (半田口駅, KC10), Meitetsu Kōwa Line
  • KamiHanda_400x280.jpgKami Handa (上半田) / Chintoro Matsuri (ちんとろ祭) Sat. 11 & Sun. 12 Apr. ② A 2-min. walk from Sumiyoshichō Sta. (住吉町駅, KC11), Meitetsu Kōwa Line (pictured right)
  • Kyōwa (協和) ① Sat. 11 & Sun. 12 Apr. ② A 7-min. walk from Chita Handa Sta. (知多半田駅, KC12), Meitetsu Kōwa Line
  • Narawa (成岩) ① Sat. 11 & Sun. 12 Apr. ② A 7-min. walk from Narawa Sta. (成岩駅, KC13) or a 10-min. walk from Aoyama Sta. (青山駅, KC14), Meitetsu Kōwa Line
  • Nishi Narawa (西成岩) ① Sat. 11 & Sun. 12 Apr. ② A 20-min. walk from Aoyama Sta. (青山駅, KC14) or Narawa Sta. (成岩, KC13), Meitetsu Kōwa Line
  • Itayama (板山) ① Sat. 11 & Sun. 12 Apr. ② Take the Handa - Tokoname (半田・常滑) route Chita Bus to the Itayama (板山) bus stop. A 5-min. walk from Itayama bus stop.
  • Shimo Handa (下半田) ① Sat. 18 & Sun. 19 Apr. ② A 5-min. walk from Handa Sta. (半田駅, CE07), JR Taketoyo Line (JR武豊線) or a 10-min. walk from Chita Handa Sta. (知多半田駅, KC12), Meitetsu Kōwa Line
  • KamezakiShiohiMatsuri_400x265.jpgKamezaki (亀崎) / Kamezaki Shiohi Matsuri (亀崎潮干祭) Sun. 3 & Mon. 4 May A 10-min. walk from Kamezaki Sta. (亀崎駅, CE05), JR Taketoyo Line *Pulling of floats through the sea will take place on 3 May only due to tide level. (Pictured right)


Website: https://dashimatsuri.jp/matsuri (Japanese)


Photos courtesy of Handa City

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