Summer Festivals in Yakage Town

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Photographer | Takuma Kimura
Yakage Town

Yakage Town is the place to be in the summer, especially on festival days. The Edo era townscape and the delightful charm of the local people add to the thrill of joining the annual events. On the last two Saturdays of July, there is the Uraja Dance Festival and the Ebisu Festival. They both take place on Yakage Towns main shopping street from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Summer Lantern Festival

For most of August, there is a nightly lighting of lanterns along the thoroughfares of central Yakage setting a traditional mood for other coinciding events.

Folk Song and Dance Festival

At the end of August from 7pm-9pm there is a traditional folk song and dance festival that features the enchanting melodies of the shamisen (Japanese lute), held on the town shopping street.

Yakage Machiya Beer Garden

Enjoy a refreshing beer at the Yakage Machiya Culture Center. It is a great place to relax and share a friendly conversation or to just simply pass the time. Keep in mind that the beer garden only operates at specified dates from June to August.

Oda Summer Fireworks Festival

Oda Shopping Arcade is the stage for the summer fireworks festival, where 500 rockets are launched into the night sky. Usually held at the beginning of August, the event features live stage performances.


About the Area

Yakage is is often referred to as a “post town”, meaning it was one of the designated stops on the road to Edo (the former name of today’s Tokyo). During the feudal era, regional lords from around Japan were required to make the trip to pay homage to the country’s central ruler.

Lords from West Japan would have traveled along a set route with the halfway point to Edo being Osaka. In Yakage, the Daimyo or lord, attended by his retinue, would have acquired food and lodging for a reserved period of time.


Access: Take the Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Kiyone Station. Walk along the platform and transfer to the Ibara Line. Take the Ibara Line from Ibara Railway Kiyone Station to Ibara Railway Yakage Station.

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