Onogami Onsen Matsuri

(小野上温泉まつり)

Shibukawa City, Gunma Pref.

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About the festival

With the flowing clean waters of Agatsuma River to the South, the hot spring known as Onogami Onsen is surrounded by luscious green, blessed with a water rich environment. The festival is held as a way for the locals to share the appreciation they feel from day to day, and in hopes of hot spring development. It boasts a variety of events, one of them being the Yu Kumi Shiki (a ceremony to show the peoples gratitude to the flowing onsen waters, that is fetched to the rhythm of the Shakuhachi flute playing in the background, led by an armor clad warrior) that provides the hot water used in the popular Bijin no Yu, or "Beauty hot water." There are many more activities, like hands-on soba making work shops, performances of Onogami Onsen Taiko, a local drumming team, a procession of local kids including a float, an open terrace market selling local specialties and a free market. This is a warm festival where you can savor the rich nature through the famous hot springs, and enjoy the heart and soul of local hospitality.

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Things to do

1. Beautify your skin in the Bijin no Yu.

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Onogami Onsen is famous for its hot spring full of skin enriching minerals referred to as Bijin no Yu. The beauty spring "Sachi no yu" is open for free on the day of the festival. The hot spring has a thick soft texture to it that makes your skin silky smooth. They also have moisture gels and skin lotions that contain minerals taken directly from the facilities spring source, that are worth a try too.

2. Try the old time snack, Pongashi.

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Pongashi is a type of old time snack that every one knows. Made from rice and other grains, it expands and makes a popping sound (hence "Pon") when cooked in a high pressure pot. It is a rice puff snack with a soft sweetness to it. This is the perfect chance to get a good look of the snack jumping out of the pot, a site that is no longer seen so much these days. 

Information (基本情報)

  • Festival Dates Held on April 29th (Sat, holiday), 2017.
  • Place Held at the Sachi no Yu parking lot of Onogami Onsen.
  • General Participation The festival is based on visitors participation.
  • International Reception and Info. There is a Free Wi-Fi spot near the venue.
  • Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi cards, provided by NTT Higashi Nihon, handed out at the Tourist Information Desk at Shibukawa Station on the 14th, for foreign travelers only.
  • Restrooms Available inside the Sachi no Yu at Onogami Onsen.
  • Other useful Info. Available inside the Sachi no Yu at Onogami Onsen.
  • HP

    http://www.city.shibukawa.lg.jp/kankou/matsuri/index.html

  • Contact Onogami Onsen Matsuri Committee Office located in the Shibukawa City Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism)
    0279-22-2873

Rules & Manners(参加のルール&マナー)

Though the festival is held in April, temperatures can rise when it is sunny out. Please be sure to drink plenty of fluids, and rest inside the facility when needed. Be careful not to overheat.
Those with tattoos and those who are drunk may not be permitted inside the hot spring.

Access Map (アクセスと地図)

Access to the venue

[Nearest Station]
JR Onogami Onsen on the Agatsuma Line

Held at the parking lot of Onogami Onsen, Sachi no Yu
Address: 305-2 Murakami, Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture
A 2min walk South-west from the station.

AREA SIGHT

立春の前日は「節分」といって、二十四節気による旧年から新年への変わり目であることから重視されており、日本全国各地の神社仏閣等で豆まきが行われる。地元では“おせんげんさん”と呼ばれ多くの人から親しまれている静岡浅間神社の節分祭は、静岡市指定の無形民俗文化財であり、古き歴史を有し、さらに特殊神事として今に伝承されている。豆まきを体験できるのはもちろんのこと、おにやら棒で戸板を叩き、市中より悪鬼を追いはらう特殊神事が体験できる。

Emiko Izawa
Writer