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Urakawa has many unique festivals that add a seasonal flavor throughout the year.

Image of festival for horses

To taste Japanese culture in Urakawa, try to visit at least one of the festivals held here. On January 2nd there is a famous event "Kiba Sanpai". In this event, people related to horses ride on 20 to 30 horses and go to a shrine in the ranching area. This ceremony was started 100 years ago. It is held for the successful breeding of horses in the years to come.

Cherry Blossom festival

On the last weekend of July the Urakawa Horse festival is held at the JRA facility in Nishicha. This event is a theme of a horse collaborated by "Sinzan Festival" named after Japan's first five crowned horse Sinzan and one of the leading local horse races "Urakawa Horse Racing".

wedding parade at the Shinzan festival

In August there are two festivals, the Shinzan festival and the Harbor festival. The first, named after the famous racehorse, is the biggest in Urakawa and has a distinctly equine theme. It is held on the first weekend of August every year and features a horseback parade, musical entertainment and the on-stage wedding of two couples that sometimes come from as far away as Tokyo for the honor. There is also a wide selection of stalls selling food and drink. Barbeques are available for use free of charge.

Harbor festival

The Harbor festival is celebrated in the Obon holiday period on 15th and 16th of August, and as well as the usual stalls and entertainment there is a dramatic firework display and a performance by a famous singer.