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 spark­ling rivers, narrow lanes and stone bridges maintain appeal. A famous spring, Sōgi-sui, near the centre of town, is something of a pilgrimage site, named for a Momoyama-era poet. People who rank such things place Sōgi-sui at the top of the list for clarity.

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