AreaNorthern Miyagi

Hanayama Matchlock Rifle Festival

May 5, 2019

花山鉄砲まつり | Hanayama Matchlock Rifle Festival

Historical festival with traditional Japanese firearms

  • The Hanayama Matchlock Rifle Festival takes place every year on May 5 from 1 p.m. in Kurihara City, located in northern Miyagi.

    Originally started in 1712, this festival began when the regional feudal lord had his riflemen hold a memorial by firing of their guns in the direction of a shrine’s inner sanctuary statue in the hope of giving peace and tranquility to his deceased wife.

    Today, the tradition continues with adults and children forming matchlock rifle teams and holding shooting displays with traditional rifles. In addition to the rifle team shows, a parade of mikoshi (traditional portable shrines), a local orchestra and dance performance, and karaoke festival will take place. Come and see this rare spectacle of traditional Japanese firearms for yourself!

    2019 Schedule

    May 5, 2019

    1 p.m. : Festival begins
    2 p.m. : Firearm shows begin
  • AreaNorthern Miyagi

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MAIN LOCATION

Kuriharashi Hanayamasogoshisho

ADDRESS

Honsawakitanomae-77 Hanayama, Kurihara, Miyagi-ken 987-2511

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

None

EVENT PARKING

Yes

ADMISSION

Free

OFFICIAL URL

https://www.miyagi-kankou.or.jp/kakikomi/detail.php?id=1447

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