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Ayabe Bon Odori (Bon dance festival)

Ayabe Odori is based on a dance made famous by Takasue Kuki, the first Lord of Ayabe, 350 years ago, and has a powerful, dynamic rhythm that contrasts with the deep, misty Ayabe landscape.
Like many Japanese folk dances it is accompanied by a nonsensical chanted refrain, in this Yashitoko, yashitokose, and for this reason it is also known as Yashitoko Odori.
Every year, about 20 groups called ren participate, dancing the local Ayabe folk dance with live musical accompaniment on traditional Japanese instruments.
Participants dressed in yukata (light summer kimono) or matching happi coats dance in a circle around the central turret, and the festival gets livelier and livelier!

Basic information

Access 【By car】From Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway, Ayabe Interchange, approx. 5 min.
From Kyoto-Jukan Expressway, Ayabe-Ankokuji Interchange, approx. 10 min.
【By train】From north exit of JR Ayabe Station (JR San’in Main Line / Maizuru Line), approx. 10 min. walk. Or, take the Aya Bus from south exit of JR Ayabe Station and get off at Gunze-Ayabehonshamae (short distance from bus stop)
Phone 0773-42-9550(Ayabe City Tourist Association)
Website
Price Free
Parking Parking available
Date of annual event August 15
Remarks
  • NHKの大河ドラマを誘致しましょう
  • 時と海の回廊
  • 「海の京都 探訪期」動画
綾部市観光協会
〒623-0066 京都府綾部市駅前通り東石ヶ坪11番地の4
TEL : 0773-42-9550 FAX : 0773-42-8514

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