Chagu Chagu Umakko Festival (Horse Festival), Iwate

Iwate was the famous hometown of horse since the time of the Nara period.
Such Chagu Chagu Umakko Festival in Iwate Takizawa City is the traditional event which, appreciate farming horse and pray for state of perfect health, with the history of more than 200 years. 100 horses are dressed up by a colorful costume, together with the owner on the Onikoshisozen-jinja Shrine, and march through about 13-km distance to Morioka Hachimangu Shrine over about 4 hours.

The costumes are handmade of silk and hemp, totaling over 2 million yen.
Since the large and small bells attached to that costume are ringing with the lively sound “chagu chagu”, it came to be called “Chagu Chagu Umakko”.

“Chagu Chagu Umakko” is the festival of Takizawa City, Iwate Prefecture and Morioka City. It is also elected as “100 selections of soundscape in Japan” by the Ministry of the Environment. The highlight is the horses walking around in a gorgeous colorful costume. The line of 100 horses becomes a length of not less than 500 meters.

The costume to be put on the horses are called “konida Shozoku” (costumes of animals carrying supplies). The costumes include “Neck Armor” “Nose Armor” “Eear Coverings” “Streamer” are very gorgeous. The owner’s feelings to the horse are conveyed.

On the outskirts of the Onikoshisozen-jinja Shrine of the starting point, peaceful pastoral land spreads out against the background of Mt. Iwate-san.
The colorful costumes in the surrounding green, the sound of a bell like “chagu chagu” is comfortable to the ear, and The dry sound of horseshoe “paka paka”. It is the very heart-healing sight.


Name:Chagu Chagu Umakko Festival (Horse Festival)
Address:Hachimancho 13-1 Morioka, Iwate 020-0872 Japan
Access:Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
JR Tohoku-honsen Line “Morioka-eki Station” (15 minutes by car)
Tel:(+81) 19-656-6534 (Takizawa-shi Tourism Office)
Official site:

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