Hyuga Hyottoko Summer Festival

(日向ひょっとこ夏祭り)

Hyuga City, Miyazaki Pref.

All Day See Kyushu

About the festival

The Hyuga Hyottoko Summer Festival is a massive summer event where nearly 2,000 dancers gather from all over the country to enjoy the "Hyottoko Odori" with approx. 70,000 attending festival goers. The "Hyottoko" refers to the humorous clown-like character that appears in traditional Japanese folk or festival dances. It is said that the Hyottoko Odori has been a way of praying for a rich harvest and the prosperity of business and descendants since long ago.
The festival is held over two days. On the first (the eve festival), there is the individual Hyuga Hyottoko competition. The main festival is on the second day and features the parade, an impressive sight where dancers in red kimonos turn the town red. The distance between dancers and viewers is shortened and everyone involved in the festival is brought closer together thanks to this unique festive Hyottoko Odori. The "Nagata no Hyottoko Odori", the local dance of Hyuga City that has been taught throughout the generations, is listed as one of the city's Intangible Folk Cultural Assets, and ever since 1984 when the festival was first held, it has been continued annually as a way of protecting traditional performance art and developing tourism. 

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Things to do

1. Watch the passionate Hyottoko Odori Parade paint the town red!

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The highlight of this event is the parade of the main festival that is held on the second day. Approximately 2,000 amusing dancers gather wearing red kimonos, white waist wraps and white underwear called fundoshi. They put on their comical dance to the light sound and rhythm of flutes and drums while accentuating hand, foot and head. This Japanese tradition, both slightly erotic and humorous, is performed on a grand scale, putting the entire city into a frenzy for a day you will never forget.

2. Try dancing the Hyottoko and check out some unique goods!

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This festival provides a dance instruction class, giving festival goers the chance to try out the Hyottoko Odori. You won't want to miss the chance to experience this unique Japanese tradition yourself. Also, there are many souvenirs, such as Hyottoko masks and more, sold at several locations throughout the festival that make you happy just looking at them. We think they make just the right gift.

Information (基本情報)

  • Festival Dates Held on August 4th and 5th, 2017
    *The main festival is on the 2nd day, preceded by the eve festival
  • Place Koryu Hiroba, in front of the Hyugashi Station
  • General Participation The festival parade and individual contest is for viewing only as reservations are needed for those who participate. However there is a dance instruction class provided during the festival for people who would like to experience the dance.
  • International Reception and Info. There are tourist pamphlets available in the tourism office inside of the Hyugashi Station (English, Chinese, Korean).
  • Wi-Fi Available
  • Restrooms Public and temporary toilets available.
  • Other useful Info. Changing rooms available for festival participants
  • HP

    http://www.hyottoko.jp/

  • Contact Hyuga Hyottoko Summer Festival Committee Office
    0982-55-0235

Rules & Manners(参加のルール&マナー)

Please do not enter the designated dancing zone during the parade.

Access Map (アクセスと地図)

Access to Saku City
[Nearest Station]
JR Nippo Main Line, Hyugashi Station

Venue
Koryu Hiroba, in front of the Hyugashi Station
Address: 1-19 Uemachi, Hyuga City 
*Just outside of the ticket gate of Hyugashi Station.

Yuki Kishimoto
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Born in Ishikawa. Planner & editor. Loves tofu, sake & soccer.