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Akita Kanto Festival

Kyokuhokusakae-machi, Akita 010-0922, Akita Prefecture
+81 90-8756-7123
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This is one of Akita’s highlight! It was fun watching the lanterns dance together with the beat... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2017
Va N
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This festival is an amazing display of tradition, strength, balance, and team work. I had so much... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2017
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The Kanto, or "Pole Lantern", Festival is held from August 3-6. Performers take to the street en masse to show their skill in balancing bamboo "kanto" poles. Each pole, which can be up to 40 feet tall and 90 pounds in weight, has paper lanterns tied to its top-- all with a real, lit candle inside! Entertainers are expert in wielding these, and when the Night Parade takes over the festival's main street, over 250 kanto poles light the area, and a 90-minute show gets underway. Energy is high as drums, flutes, and a crowd chanting "dokkoisho!" accompany the performers as they heft aloft the kanto. Afterwards, guests are welcome to give it a try themselves.
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Kyokuhokusakae-machi, Akita 010-0922, Akita Prefecture
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Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

This is one of Akita’s highlight! It was fun watching the lanterns dance together with the beat. This shows their strength, balance and teamwork. After the show we did our picture taking to the lanterns with their crew. Fun fun fun! Worth the visit!

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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

This festival is an amazing display of tradition, strength, balance, and team work. I had so much fun watching I went twice. These people balance 100lbs of lanterns on their hips, heads or hold them in their hand as the audience cheers them on. They...More

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Reviewed December 1, 2016

Akita’s Kanto Festival was an incredible experience – truly unique and a sight to see. Celebrating the pole lanterns it is held every year in early August for large crowds to see the spectacular skill involved in carrying the massive poles decorated with many paper...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2016

The Kanto festival celebrates Akita's exceptional rice culture. Teams of people in traditional costumes enter to the sound of drums and pipes, carrying a 12 meter pole with several crosspieces from which dozens of lit lanterns are suspended. At a signal of furious drumming each...More

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

I've been in the city for almost 3 years, and i have to say that though it's a nice place to stay in, the city doesnt have much tourist attractions to be visited. But I recommend this museum and always take my friends who visit...More

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March 14, 2016|
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Response from Odyssesian |
DrSheryl - thanks for the tip about the website. From what I gather: The kanto parade starts at 7:25pm and ends at 9:pm Seems the festival is along the whole stretch from the plaza in front of the Akita train station to... More
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