[Exploring Mie] Festivals in Central Area

「三重を知ろう」三重の祭 中南勢の祭

2014/06/20 Friday Exploring Mie

Festivals in Mie

Within Mie Prefecture remain longstanding traditions and customs,
and glamorous dancing that highlight each season.
Festivals that borrow heavily from local traditions are held in all parts of Mie Prefecture, throughout the year.

central area


Saioh-matsuri Festival (Meiwa Town) First Saturday and Sunday of June

The unwed princess Saioh paraded from Kyoto to Saiku with hundreds of attendants in past days of glory. This festival reenacts that brilliant parade.

■  A short walk from Saiku Station on the Kintetsu Line


Ohichiya (Tsu City) Middle of January

This event is held for seven days and seven nights. Many street vendors line up before the gates of Senshu-ji Temple, and approximately 100,000 people visit every year.

■   Near Ishinden Station on the JR Line


Niu Taishi Spring Festival (Taki Town) End of April

Praying for good luck and traffic safety, many events are held such as a children’s parade and handing out rice cakes, with long lines of street vendors.

■   Ride to Oishi bus stop from Matsusaka Station on the JR or Kintetsu lines, change to the Sonmin bus, and get off at the Niu Taishi-mae bus stop


Kitabatake Shrine Spring Festival (Tsu City) Beginning of May

People associated with the Kitabatake family gather from Mie and other prefectures, and hold diversified events during the festival.

■  40-minute ride to the Kitabatake Jinja-mae bus stop from Ise- takehara Station on the JR Line


Oyodo Gion Festival (Meiwa Town) Middle of June

This dynamic festival has been held since the middle of the Edo Era. Floats are drawn through the town and a fireworks festival is held around Oyodo Port in the evening.

■   10-minute walk after a 15-minute ride to the Oyodo bus stop, from Akeno Station on the Kintetsu Line


Tsu Festival (Tsu City) Beginning of October

This is the largest festival of Tsu City held in October. The event includes a spectacular parade of traditional performances such as Toujin dancing (originally from Korea), Shago-uma (people dressed in Samurai costumes and masks who appear to be riding on horse replicas), an historic pageant of one of the area’s past lords, Takatora Todo, and Anotsu Yosakoi, the Citizen’s Dance.

■ 15-minute walk from Tsu-shinmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line


Ujisato Festival (Matsusaka City) Beginning of November

In honor of Ujisato Gamo, the founder of Matsusaka castle and pioneer of the business city Matsusaka, this festival showcases a samurai parade and local music and dance, attracting many tourists.

■ Near Matsusaka Station on the JR or Kintetsu lines


Hatsu-Uma Grand Festival (Matsusaka City) Beginning of March

It is the biggest Buddhism festival in Mie prefecture, which lasts for 3 days, from the first day of the horse (“Hatsu-Uma”) in March according to the old calendar. The festival is thought to bring the Spring and many visitors come to pray and to ward off evil. The Okaderasan Keishoji temple is the oldest temple for protection against evil.

■  Near Matsusaka Station on the JR or Kintetsu lines


Notice Regarding Temporary Special Benefits for Households with Children

2014/06/20 Friday Exploring Mie


The temporary special benefit for households with children is to help ease the burden on households with children after the rise in consumption tax.

kodomo【Who can receive the benefit】Families who received child benefit in January 2014 (as of January 1st 2014) and families on a low income who do not meet the income limit for child benefit.

【Benefit amount 】For each child recipients will receive 10,000 yen

【Other】Notice letters regarding the benefit are scheduled to be sent to each eligible household with more details, and for more information please contact the relevant department as listed on the notices.

【Enquiries】Please contact your municipality’s office and ask to speak to the staff in charge of the temporary special benefit for households with children. You can also contact the Child Rearing Support Division of the Mie Prefecture Health and Welfare Department’s Child and Family Bureau (note: enquiries can only be taken in Japanese).