Morioka Sansa Odori Festival
Every year, thousands of visitors from Japan and around the world flock to Morioka City’s vibrant Sansa Odori Festival. One of the Five Great Festivals of Tohoku, Sansa Odori hosts over 10,000 dancers and taiko drummers, and holds the Guinness Record for the world’s largest taiko parade.
On the final night of the four-day festival, dazzling fireworks signal the start of the dance parade. Led by the year’s festival queen, Miss Sansa Odori, a seemingly endless parade of colorfully-clad groups perform the traditional dance, accompanied by an army of taiko drummers and cheered by the throngs of supporters lining the city streets. The dance carries on late into the evening, building to a climatic finale with the formation of large dance circles that give visitors the chance to join in the fun.