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Otourou Festival | IRUMA
April 27, 2019 @ 12:00 – April 28, 2019 @ 21:00
Otourou Festival Iruma – Otourou is one of those words that is hard to translate into English. The word is actually “tourou” and the “o” in front is honorific. The Otourou festival is spelt in hiragana, not kanji. Without kanji it is hard to say for sure, but generally tourou relates to a lantern and/or lighting.
The Iruma Otourou matsuri is the spring festival of 700 year old Atago Shrine. It is an annual festival held toward the end of April. This year it happens to fall during Golden Week, but more often than not it falls on the 3rd weekend of April.
During the festival floats are paraded up and down Ogimachiya. Approximately 200,000 people attend the festival over the two day period. As it is a rain festival it is said that it is lucky if it rains. Currently, there is rain forecast for Saturday!
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The festival is held at the Atago Shrine in Toyooka and along Ogimachiya Street. That street and part of Hanamizuki Street will be closed to traffic on those days. Bus routes will be changed accordingly.
The shrine is a 15 minute walk from Irumashi station. Irumashi station is on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. It is a 39 minute train ride from Ikebukuro station and costs 440 yen one way.
Iruma have another large lantern festival in Autumn: the Iruma Mando Festival.