Suwa Onbashira Festival

Suwa Area 諏訪御柱祭


When Onbashira takes place (once every 6 years, or every 7 by traditional Japanese reckoning), all 200,000 souls in the Suwa region participate as it is an immensely revered festival here. It is also reveled by upwards of 2 million visitors who come to see the spectacle of men riding massive logs as they are slid down perilous slopes. The logs, 17 meters in length and weighing 12 tons, are then manhandled 10 kilometers from the mountains to one of 4 shrines. There they are erected into the corner posts of the new shrine buildings, with some men defying death by riding the logs as they are stood into position. This 1200 year old festival is celebrated as one of the major “masculine” festivals in Japan.

See here for details on the 2016 Onbashira festival.


Tel: 0266-27-1111 / Fax: 0266-27-1339


Apr 1 - Jun 15 (held in every 6 years)

Location / Access

Suwa Taisha (Shrine) Kamisha Honmiya; Kamisha Maemiya; Shimosha Harumiya; Shimosha Akimiya, Suwa City

By Train:
15 min taxi ride to Suwa Taisha Kamisha Honmiya/Maemiya from Kamisuwa Station (JR Chuo Line)
By Car:
2 km / 5 min from Suwa IC

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