When Takeda Shingen of the Kai Province invaded Hida with his army, he became incapacitated from fatigue and the noxious vapors from Mt. Iodake. Just then there appeared a white monkey that led him to the hot springs. Bathing in the hot springs restored Takeda’s vitality. This is the legend of the Hirayu Onsen hot springs. The Enman festival is held in celebration of this legend, with a white monkey as its mascot. During this event you can see the local performing art of the lion dance and enjoy the Ema Market of votive plaques. You can also join in the mochi-maki (throwing of rice cakes), where lucky participants win wonderful prizes. There are also a variety of lively evening stalls and fairground attractions to enjoy.

Period : at the beginning of August  Event hours : 19:45- Venue : “Hirayu Shrine” in Hirayu-Onsen ( Okuhidaonsengo Hirayu, Takayama-shi, Gifu, 506-1433, Japan )