Sixteen float festivals Chubu are UNESCO World Heritage!
Dashi Floats, Karakuri
The Wonders of Tsushima
2 Day One Night Course
Tsushima is home to the famed Tsushima Tenno Festival, one of Japan’s Three Great River Festivals, dating back over 600 years and, registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in December, 2016. The Owari Tsushima Autumn Festival sees the mighty floats carrying the popular karakuri mechanical dolls accompanied to music, roll through the town itself. The festivities are centered on the Tsushima Shrine and the surrounding Tennogawa Park. Take this course to experience staying in a traditional Machiya town house, brush write sutras in an ancient temple, and make traditional Kutsuwa confectionary.
Tsushima Station Start
- 15 minutes
Tsushima Jinja Shrine
Tenno Festival Model Viewing
The Owari Tsushima Tenno Evening Festival features five special boats carrying 20m high lantern decorations, with six boats taking part in the following Morning Festival. Marvel at the 1/3 scale models of the festival, at to the almost 1,500-year-old Tsushima Shrine.
Tsushima Jinja Shrine
View Virtual Reality Tenno and Autumn Festival Vision
Use special equipment to enjoy a Virtual Reality experience of being at the Owari Tsushima Tenno and Autumn Festivals at the Tsushima Shrine and Tennogawa Park venues.
Kutsuwa Confectionary Making Experience
Try your hand at making Tsushima’s traditional Kutsuwa sweets, known as Japan’s hardest confectionary! Mix the rice flour and sugar, knead it well, form a horse-shoe like ring before frying it in oil. A traditional craftsman will be on hand to explain the history and show you how to do it.
Ikesu Onsen Hot Spring
Celebrating 100 years in 2019, this traditional bathhouse offers electric baths, radon hot water baths, jet baths and more for complete relaxation. Enjoy old-style hospitality and traditional Japanese culture while soaking in the wide, steaming hot waters.
SeasonCafe Cha no Ma
A quaint café hidden away along the historical streets of the old town. The old home provides a relaxing space where you can enjoy the service and seasonal coffees.
Guest House Hashizume no Ie
A 120-year-old traditional wooden Machiya town house has been turned into a pleasant guest house. Its narrow frontage and extensive depth provides an Old Japan atmosphere. Despite its age, it features comfortable, modern amenities.
Home Café Hanadan
Offering siphoned coffee and fresh, healthy foods, you are greeted with body cell friendly 50 degree warm water to drink, followed by a menu including steamed soy salad with hand made seasonal vegetable dressings.
- 10 minutes
Unkyo-ji Temple (Soto sect)
Sutra Writing Experience
Experience brush and ink sutra copying in a 600-year-old temple. Find yourself relaxing immersed in your work. A Buddhist priest will show you how it’s done.
Moroko Zushi Making Experience and Lunch
A local traditional Tsushima delicacy made from fish caught in the clear, clean waters around the villages. A long-established sushi chef will instruct you.
Visit Festival Floats While Walking the Old Town
See the traditional Owari Tsushima Autumn Festival floats in their particular warehouses through the viewing glass. Enjoy the traditional, historical townscapes around the float warehouses too!
- 15 minutes
Finishing at Tsushima Station
- Restaurants and café’s are examples only.
- Times are rough guides only.
- Please contact for program details (English service available).
- Introduction to Travel Agencies.
Dashi Float and Karakuri Festival Promotions Council
Public Interest Association Incorporated Japan Travel and Tourism Association, Chubu Branch