Okuhida-Onsengo ＞ Events
Himuro Soba Festival will be held this year as well. Soba (buckwheat) harvested in the Shin-hirayu Onsen area of Okuhida-Onsengo is left to mature for 3 months in an icehouse for Shin-hirayu’s famous “Taruma Water” during the winter.Treat yourself to some truly Japanese soba noodles.
This is a traditional summer event for the Fukuji Onsen Area.
During the event period, there are nightly performances of the Hembetori lion dance, which has been designated as an intangible cultural heritage of the town.
This dance is said to have originated with the Emperor Murakami, who once visited this place to rest from his journey and, seeing the villagers troubled by a plague of snakes, performed a dance in supplication to the gods to drive the snakes away.
The festival also includes performances of the traditional Torigei dance, passed down through generations, and the holding of the Ema Market and evening stalls.