Festivals of Japan

Events across Japan. A collection ranging from traditional to seasonal offerings.

Soma-Nomaoi - Fukushima

Soma-Nomaoi boasts a history of more than 1,000 years, and is a traditional horseback riding cultural event that is designated as a National Significant Intangible Folk Cultural Property. The Shutsujin (departure for the front) Ceremony takes place on day one, and on day two the Kiba Gyoretsu horse procession, Kacchu Keiba horse race and Shinki Sodatsusen (a competition to capture flags) are held heroically. On day three a ritual known as Nomagake takes place. Wild horses are captured using bare hands and offered to the shrine in what is also said to be the origin of the Nomaoi.

Event Dates Late July every year (tentative)
Event Details Most of the festival is canceled and a minimal ceremony will be held on the shrine grounds. It will be closed to the public with only the relevant personnel in attendance.
Official site http://soma-nomaoi.jp/
Location (venue) Hibarigahara field
Address 205-1 Deguchi Haramachiku Gorai, Minamisoma-shi, Fukushima
Price [Charged admission on Sunday only]
Admission ticket: 1,000 yen (advanced sales 800 yen, designated group seating is 1,200 per person, for groups of more than 20 people
Procession viewing-stand seats: 2,000 per person, for groups of more than 5 people
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Region Hokkaido Tohoku
Category Bravery, Traditional performing arts

Event organizers may change the date and time. Please check the official website.

update: Jul.10.2020

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