Haneji Dam Koinobori Festival is family fun

Carp streamers fly along Haneji Dam embankment.

Carp streamers fly along Haneji Dam embankment.

The period from the end of April to early May, many public and private location are decorated with flying streamers resembling carp and known as “koinobori.”

Park by Haneji Dam is a nice place for a family picnic.

Park by Haneji Dam is a nice place for a family picnic.

Originally flown in honor of sons, and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong, a typical koinobori set consists of a pair of arrow-spoked wheels with a ball-shaped spinning vane on the top of a pole, an a number of colorful streamers of various sizes below it.

At Haneji Dam Koinobori Festival, 300 koinobori will be fluttering in the wind.

Admission to the festival is free. Free parking is available at Haneji Chiku Center from where a free shuttle bus takes visitors to the festival area.

On Saturday and Sunday there is Eisa dance on stage, an eel grabbing fest and an canoeing experience on the dam, which costs ¥1,000. Participation for canoeing is limited to 210 people each day; first come, first served. Other events are free of charge.

 

 

 

Schedule

Canoe experience (May 6, Sat. – May 7 Sun.)

Location: Haneji Dam lakeshore

Admission: Adults ¥1,000, children under high school age ¥500

Reception times:

10:20 a.m. first 90 arrivals

1 p.m. first 120 arrivals

 

Eel Grabbing Fest (May 7 Sun.)

For Kids under 5 years old

Location: Stage Square

Time: 3 p.m.

Admission free

 

For children under junior high school age

Location: Damside river

Time: 3 p.m.

Admission free

 

Haneji Dam Walking Tour (May 6, Sat. – May 7 Sun.)

Stating location: Dam Office

Time: 10 a.m.

Admission free

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Eel grabbing contest for elementary school children takes place in the river at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Canoeing is scheduled for both days, and costs ¥1,000 per person for adults, and ¥500 for junior high students and younger kids.

Canoeing is scheduled for both days, and costs ¥1,000 per person for adults, and ¥500 for junior high students and younger kids.