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Gun Festival of Ogano

December 12 @ 14:00 December 13 @ 17:00

ogano gun festival

Ogano Gun Festival. Amidst all the culturally appropriated Christmas events of December is this unique and traditional gun festival in Ogano, Chichibu. It is known informally as the “finale of the Chichibu festival”. The event is held annually on the second Sunday of December and the previous Saturday. This event has been cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Ogano Gun Festival

It is always held on the second Sunday of December and the proceeding Saturday. But the Saturday isn’t always the second Saturday of the month (if the month starts on a Sunday). Hence, they decide from the Sunday. However, they have not yet confirmed either way if the even will go ahead in 2020. Moreover, I can only check for updates periodically, so please do check with the official website for the most up to date information.

From Chichibu Omotenashi website

…The highlight is the Shinto ritual called Otachi in which a sacred horse charges up stone steps amid gunsmoke and gunshot ringing in the air. The festival is richly complemented by the traditional flower parasol float procession to sacred music and a kabuki performance dedicated to the gods…
Source: Chichibu Area Tourism Organisation Website

The event is held in the Hachiman Shrine in Iida, which is in Ogano in the Chichibu district.

From Ogana Town’s official website

The above image and the featured image at the very top of the post and in thumbnails is from Ogano town’s official website:


The festival starts around 2 pm on the Saturday, this year the 12th of December. The last event of the day is the highlight of the day. They have a very special traditional performance, which is scheduled to start at 8 pm. However, there is no indication as to what time it will be over.

The second day of the festival, December 13th 2020, starts from 10 am. On Sunday, the last performance is from 7.30 pm.

The Ogano Tourism website generally releases the full schedule (in Japanese) on their tourism website. However, it has not been released yet for 2020 (November 14th 2020). Update: they posted to say the event has been cancelled this year.

Access Ogano Gun Festival

Get a bus from Seibu Chichibu station to Kurio Bus Stop (linked to map) . The shrine is a ten minute walk from the station. Larger map in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.

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Hachiman Shrine Ogano

2756 Iida,
Ogano, Chichibu District,, Saitama Prefecture 368-0111 Japan
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December 12, 2020 @ 14:00
December 13, 2020 @ 17:00
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