Morioka Sansa Odori Festival

Morioka Sansa Odori Festival: Address, Phone Number, Morioka Sansa Odori Festival Reviews: 4/5

Morioka Sansa Odori Festival

Morioka Sansa Odori Festival
Morioka Sansa Odori Festival, held early in August each year, holds the world record for the largest Taiko drumming festival with over 10,000 drummers and dancers parading through the city. The sound of that many big drums booming is awesome and quite literally takes your breath away, but when combined with the warbling of thousands of flutes and the vibrant colours of the dancer's costumes makes for an unforgettable experience.
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Very good

Guan T
Singapore, Singapore527 contributions
1st Stop in Tohoku Festival in Aug
Aug 2018 • Solo
If you do a proper planning, you should be able to cover the 5 Major Tohoku Festival in 1 week. If you start your trip from Tokyo, Morioka should be your 1st stop for Sansa Odori.

1-4Aug Sansa Odori in Morioka City
2-6Aug Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori City
3-6Aug Kanto Matsuri in Akita City
5-7Aug Hanagasa Matsuri in Yamagata City
6-8Aug Tanabata Matsuri in Sendai City

Before the actual parade at around 6:15pm, there are also some performances at the JR Morioka Station each afternoon. Try to catch this portion of the festival as well as the view is much better.

Go to the start point early, about 20min walks from JR station, there are many groups gathering around the City government office and the History and Cultural museum. There are many food stalls setup outside the museum area. Take a rest there before going to the start point.

This parade was not that crowded as compared with others, go to the parade start point around 5:30pm and you should be find a place to sit on the floor without any blockage.

Very impressive dance and drum performance in a large scale. If you do not have time for all the 5 festivals, do not drop this one.
Written August 26, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Japan34 contributions
Local parade of 10,000 drums
Aug 2017 • Solo
The Sansa Odori Festival is a 4-day parade held on Chuodori Street in Morioka. It is not necessary to go all 4 days--one night should suffice.

While the festival itself is not that old, the sansa dance that it is centered around has a long history. Various groups in matching yukata play flutes and taiko drums and dance the sansa dance. School groups, companies, and even the SDF participated in the parade. At the end of the parade, there is a "circle dance" (waodori) which anyone can join. Taiko drummers stand on small floats, and dancers surround the float to dance sansa in a circle. The high energy continues into the circle dance time, making it a lot of fun to watch.

Crowds: There are some parts of Chuodori that are congested. It's nothing too overwhelming compared to other bigger festivals in Japan. I'd recommend getting to the parade route early to save a spot though.

Access: Morioka is easily accessed by shinkansen or local train. Chuodori is about a 15 minute walk from the station. There are some food stalls. There are also a lot of eating options around Odori (very close to Chuodori).
Written May 19, 2018
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Simone R
Melbourne, Australia1,581 contributions
A vibrant and busy festival
Aug 2017 • Couples
Over the course of 9 days I visited 7 festivals in Tohoku: Hachinohe, Akita, Aomori, Goshogawara, Hirosaki, Sendai and Morioka. Of those, Morioka is one of the less exciting festivals, but it was still a great night.
Morioka itself was packed, probably the busiest I of any of the festivals: it was hard to get around the food stalls, so much so I gave up and ate at a restaurant a few blocks away from the crowds.
The parade itself was interesting, but got very repetitive after awhile. Everyone is doing the same dance, and playing the same song: some are better than others, and every group's outfits are different. But after an hour I felt I'd had enough, unlike the other parades where I'd stayed for the whole thing.

All in all, worth seeing if you are in the area, but if you're able to choose between the Tohoku summer festivals, choose one of the others instead.
Written January 6, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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