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Nio Park Festival and Nio-mon Mountain Race

Every year, 3,000 people from Ayabe City and elsewhere attend the biggest event in the Oku-Kanbayashi district. The quiet, mountainous area becomes full of excitement, with the Furusato Tent Village selling local specialties such as horse chestnut rice cakes, sweet red bean porridge, and rice mixed with seasonal ingredients, and a drum performance by local elementary school children. The Nio-mon Mountain Race is held on the same day. The race has several courses, the longest and most challenging of which begins at Nio Park and end at the Nio-mon Gate (a National Treasure flanked by two fearsome deities) at Komyo-ji Temple, with a height differential of 262 meters.

Basic information

NameNio Park Festival and Nio-mon Mountain Race
Access(Bus) From JR Ayabe Station, by Aya Bus Kanbayashi Line or Omi-Ichinose Line, get off at Nio Koen-mae bus stop, and it is a short walk.
(Car) Turn right at the Yamaga intersection on National Route 27, and go north. Turn left before Aya Bus Shimoichiba bus stop, and go north.
ParkingParking available
TEL0773-55-0001(Oku-Kanbayashi Residents’ Association Federation)
PriceFree admission
RemarkDate of annual event: The first Sunday in June

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