Soma-Nomaoi is one of the most traditional festivals in Fukushima prefecture,which has a history of over 1,000 years. Through this tour, you can appriciate the ancient battle scenes of the samurai warriors including a heroic horse race and more. We use public transportation such as buses or local train . You can make a day trip from Tokyo if taking express train "Hitachi" or Tohoku-Shinkansen.
What to Expect
This traditional event is said to have begun in the 10th century as part of militaly exercises secretly held by the city's samurai warriors.
Now this three-day festival is held by three local shrines of Soma area every year and it is resignated as a national important intangible folk curtural property.
This tour focuses on the second day which is said to be the main highlight of the entire festival.
On the second day,there are main ceremonies which are held in central area of Minami-Soma City.
Have fun viewing the valiant horserace and samurai culture.
1 O-gyoretsu (Procession) Start 9:30 a.m.
All the samurai horsemen who have gatherd from different regions with portable shrines march to the Hibarigaoka Battle Field.
2 Kacchu-Keiba(Horse race) Start 12:00 p.m.
3 Shinki-Sodatsusen( Battle in which hundreds of mounted samurai compete for sacred flags that are shot into the air with canons)
Start 1:00 p.m.
On this tour , basically I will guide you #2 & #3.
But,of course I can guide you #1 if you pay me extra guide fee (2,000 yen). In that case,you should stay at a hotel near Iwaki station or Fukushima sation on July 28.
And The meeting time would be 7:30 a.m.at Fukushima station or 6:00 a.m. at Iwaki Station.
To find accommodations in Minami-Soma city , the place where the festival is held, seems to be extremely difficult during the festival.
Of course I can arrange your itinerary on your request.
Only available on July 29th,2018
I can guide you in Tokyo and Chiba area if you pay my transpotation fee.
I can pick you up in Tokyo if you pay my round trip transportation fee to the meeting point(Plus 4,000yen) and accommodation fee (guide 3,000 yen).
If our meeting point is in Iwaki city, 3,000 yen will be deducted from the guide fee.
*I strongly recommend that you should take out travel insurance before leaving your country.
*If you have much baggage, please tell me before the tour starts. There are some coin lockers at JR Iwaki Station, Koriyama Station and Fukushima Station.
* I do reccommend to exchange money beforehand.
* It is sensible to purchase Japan Rail Pass before leaving your country. (Adult 29,110 yen, Child 14,550 yen (7 days))
guide fee, round trip transportation fee to Fukushima , Koriyama or Mito(guide)
What‘s not included
transportation fee(you and guide), lunch, entrance fee (Hibarigaoka Field, 1,000yen)
JR Fukushima Station, Koriyama Station , Iwaki Station, Mito Station or at your hotel near these stations
JR Fukushima Station, Koriyama Station, Iwaki Station,Mito Station or at your hotel near these stations
09:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible
Number of people
up to 7 people