Welcome to Gujō-Hachiman

Following a tradition dating to the 1590s, townsfolk engage in frenzied dancing on 32 nights between mid-July and early September. Visitor participation is encouraged, especially during tetsuya odori, the four main days of the festival (13 to 16 August), when the dancing goes all night.

Otherwise, the town's good-value ryokan, spark­ling rivers, well-preserved wooden storefronts and stone bridges beneath wooded peaks maintain appeal. Near the town centre, the famous spring Sōgi-sui is a pilgrimage site, named for a Momoyama-era poet. Spring connoisseurs place Sōgi-sui at the top of the list for clarity.

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