Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!

"Akita Kanto Matsuri (Akita Kanto festival)" is one of the three most famous festivals of Tohoku, northeastern Japan. The "Kanto" is a long bamboo pole holding 46 paper lanterns in balance. It is 12 m tall and weighs 50 kg. This is a passionate summer festival where local men miraculously balance the lantern-pole with their hand, forehead, or shoulder. Powerful traditional Japanese drums and bamboo flutes enhance the festive mood. The music called "Kanto-bayashi" generates vigorous rhythm and excitement.The most attractive part of this course for you is that you can join in the "Kanto practice" two days before the festival begins (August 3) but not actually in the festival itself. You will have a memorable lesson in drumming or lifting the kanto poles with local Kanto club members.
Departure date Course number Price Time Meal Language
Aug 01, 2018 Akita_7 131,700Yen~ (for a goup of 6 person) 4 days 3 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 3 x dinner English
  • Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!
  • Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!
  • Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!
  • Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!
  • Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!
  • Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!
  • Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!
  • Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!
  • Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!
  • Join the Real Practice for Kanto-Matsuri Festival!

schedule

Day 1 Assemble at JR Akita station
Sake brewery tour
`Kanto Matsuri Festival` practice with  local kanto club members
*`Kanto Matsuri` is a festival where we pray for a good rice harvest. Practice starting with beating the drums and learning rhythm of kanto-bayashi music. You can also try lifting the kanto pole
Stay at a local farm-inn. You can have a unique local agricultural experience there. Conversing with the landlord will be one for your warm memories.
Day 2 Harvesting experience
*Why not try harvesting some seasonal vegetables at the farm-inn and try cooking `Sasa-maki`, a local food using bamboo leaves
Visit `Umi-no-ie`, Japanese seasonal house by the sea, where you can enjoy swimming or just enjoy the foods
Practice again for the Kanto Matsuri coming up tomorrow!
Day 3 Go to local shop and choose the best ingredients for BBQ
Enjoy BBQ lunch at farm-inn
Last practice for the Kanto Matsuri. You can do a special presentation to demonstrate what you have learned!
Join Kanto Matsuri
*You will wear a traditional Kanto uniform and play kanto-bayashi in front of the people fathering together.
After the Matsuri, you will join a casual party with the kanto club members.
Day 3 Visit some popular sweet shops
*Traditional Japanese cakes & Japanese style fluffy flavored shaved ice
Sushi lunch
*Try Kaiten-zushi, style of serving sushi on many plates with the sushi delivered to your seat on a conveyer belt and
 you pick them up yourself
Shopping around Akita station
Tour disbands at JR Akita station

remarks

Included : English speaking guide, Private transportation, accommodation, entrance fee, 3 breakfast/4 lunch/3 dinner
Excluded : Train fee to/from JR Akita station, beverages & drinks, personal expenses
Minimum : 2 persons
Remarks : Tour price may change according to booking date