The giant fan-shaped "Neputa" floats can reach close to 10m in height! It takes local festival organizations around a month to construct a "Neputa" float and this experience program will let you participate in the ritual when the floats are bought to life! The Hirosaki Neputa Festival takes place over 6 days. One the eve before the first day, experience the rituals of the lighting ceremony, as locals pray for safety during the festival and perform Matoi dances for protection from fire etc. When the signal is given and the giant floats are lit-up, it really feels as if a giant creature has come alive – it will give you chills! After the ceremony, participate in a “Naorai” after party, drinking the ceremonial sake with the locals! Oh, and if you’re lucky, this is the only time during the festival where you might have the chance to participate in taiko drumming practice for the festival music - don't miss your chance!
5,000 JPY per person