Aomori Nebuta Matsuri


Aomori City, Aomori Pref.

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About the festival

The Nebuta Matsuri is one of the largest among the many festivals in Japan. Large illuminated floats of glowing figures—Nebuta—parade through town, and are newly crafted each year based on themes such as well-known kabuki scenes, historical moments or mythologies. Their dimensions reach up to 9m in width, 7m in depth and 5m in height. The profound sights of these massive Nebuta are in the realms of fine light-art. The parade is carried out by “Sensu-mochi” who directs the float’s exciting motions using a flute and a fan, Hiki-te who pulls the Nebuta (weighing close to 4t) according to the Sensu-mochi, the Hayashi-kata who are the ensemble carrying taiko-drums, flutes and hand-bells, and Haneto who jump around and dance shouting “rasse, rasse!” in sync with the rhythms of the Hayashi-kata. The Nebuta and the people become one in this breathtaking frenzy. It surely is Aomori’s most famous summer night tradition. 

004 Reh Aomori Nebuta Top

Things to do

1. Leap into the night as a Haneto!

004 Re1 1 Aomori Nebuta To Do

In front of the parading Nebuta are dancers known as Haneto. In addition to watching them, you are also allowed to participate as one. Raise your voices and dance through town! There’s no need for registration, although you must buy or rent the formal Nebuta attire. Also, it is said to bring good luck if you find a bell on the ground that fell from a Haneto’s costume. 

2. The Nebuta Grand Prize

004 Re2 1 Aomori Nebuta To Do

Prizes are handed to the best Nebutas, judged by design, music & chanting, parade performance and the Haneto’s dancing. The Nebuta Grand Prize is given to the group with the most fantastically built float, best parade performance, and the outstanding unity of the members’ moves and rhythm. The recipient of the prize is announced on the 6th, and the winner Nebuta goes on a showcase parade.

3. Don’t miss the great variety of Nebuta related souvenirs!

004 Re3 1 4 Aomori Nebuta To Do

There’s such a variety to souvenirs from the Nebuta Matsuri! Even the standard types of items such as T-shirts and handkerchiefs come in many stylish designs. The vigorous Nebuta have been modified to become many products such as Nebuta face packs, Nebuta briefs, and microfiber towels. Let’s see what souvenirs you can find!

Information (基本情報)

  • Festival Dates August 2nd to 7th, 2019
    2nd through the 6th; 19:10~21:00
    7th Nebuta Parade; 13:00~15:00
      Fireworks festival & Nebuta on the water 19:15~(approx.)21:00

    The festival is held annually from August 2nd to the 7th.
  • Place Around Aomori Station, Aomori city, Aomori Prefecture
  • General Participation Availability of Participation
    Yes, as Haneto.
  • International Reception and Info. International reception and tourist information (event maps, etc)
    The Aomori City Tourism Information Exchange Center in front of Aomori station increase their multi-lingual staff during the festival, and has pamphlets in multiple languages.
  • Wi-Fi Available at;
    The Aomori City Tourism Information Exchange Center in front of Aomori Station
    Nebuta house Warasse, located 1 min walk from Aomori Station
    Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center, located 5 min walk from Aomori Station
  • Restrooms Temporary toilets are set up along the parade course.
  • Other useful Info. Other useful information (such as changing rooms)
    No changing rooms available
  • HP

     (website readable in English, Korean, simplified and traditional Chinese)

  • Contact Aomori Tourism and Convention Association
    Please e-mail us, for we cannot answer phone calls in another language.

Rules & Manners(参加のルール&マナー)

Tourists are allowed to join the parade as Haneto. The full Haneto outfits are available at department stores in the city for rent (approx. ¥4,000) or purchase (approx. ¥10,000). You must join the line of Hanetos in front of the awaiting Nebuta, 30min before its parade begins.

Access Map (アクセスと地図)

Access to Aomori City
[Nearest station]
Aomori Station (JR Ou Main Line, Tsugaru Line, Tsugaru-Kaikyo Line, Aomori Railway Line)

Access to the Festival
5 to 30min walk from Aomori Station

Emiko Izawa
Born in Shizuoka. I love Sushi, Sake, Shrine, Stationary and Stage!