Haneji Dam Koinobori Festival is family fun
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.”
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.
Canoe experience (May 6, Sat. – May 7 Sun.)
Location: Haneji Dam lakeshore
Admission: Adults ¥1,000, children under high school age ¥500
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.
For children under junior high school age
Location: Damside river
Time: 3 p.m.
Haneji Dam Walking Tour (May 6, Sat. – May 7 Sun.)
Stating location: Dam Office
Time: 10 a.m.