HITACHI SAKURA MATSURI (Cherry Blossom Festival) and HITACHI FURYU-MONO

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It's worth seeing the CHERRY BLOSSOMS & “FURYU-MONO”
Cherry blossoms in Hitachi are selected as one of the 100 beautiful cherry blossom sopts in Japan, and this festival is as famous as the plum blossom festival in Mito. From early to mid April, approx. 14,000 cherry trees are in bloom, making you feel spring really coming. During the festival, Heiwa Street, Kamine Park and Jyuo Panorama Park are lit up at night and you can enjoy the fantastic cherry blossom illumination.
“Hitachi Furyu-Mono” usually appears on the Heiwa Street on the first Saturday and Sunday in April. It is a float (Dashi in Japanese) and pulled with wires attached to the float. Puppets come out on 5-level stages when 5 layered roofs of the float (15m height, 8m width and 5t weight) open. It is said that this play has been performed since medium term of the Edo period. “Hitachi Furyu-Mono” was registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2009. Lots of visitors enjoy the festival every year.

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Hitachi Furyu-Mono

5-layered stage of Hitachi Furyu-Mono Ⅰ

5-layered stage of Hitachi Furyu-Mono Ⅱ

INFORMATION

LOCATION Heiwa Dori, Hitachi-city
CONTACT Hitachi City Tourism Association
TEL:0294-22-3111
HOURS 49th Hitachi Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Tree Festival): Apr.1 to Apr.20
Public Opening of Hitachi Furyu-Mono: Apr.3 and 4
Pedestrian Paradise at Heiwa Street: Apr.3, 4 and 11
Illuminating Cherry Trees: Apr.1 to 29 (at Heiwa Street, Kamine Park and Jyuo Panorama Park)
ACCESS By Car: Approx. 5min. from Hitachi Chuo IC of Joban Expressway
WEBSITE http://www.city.hitachi.ibaraki.jp/viewer/info.html?id=1102

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