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Yamaage Festival

(Yamaage Matsuri)


Festival with Japan’s largest outdoor Kabuki performance ‘UNESCO intangible heritage’

Due to Covid-19, there may be unexpected changes, so please check before traveling. (See bottom of this page for event organizer’s contact details )


2022: 22nd July (Fri) to 24th July (Sun) *Fourth weekend of July


9.00 am to 8.00 pm


*All dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.



How to enjoy the Yamaage Festival

Experience Traditional Japan

Picturesque scenery
(Great for Instagram pics!)

UNESCO World Heritage

Traveling solo

Enjoy Japanese Street food

Enjoy for 1 whole day!

Watch this short video to find out more!

Come 👀watch dynamic 👹Kabuki on a stunning outdoor Stage

🎎This 450-year-old outdoor kabuki festival is registered as a ‘UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage’ and very special!

For 3 days every year, the main roads are transformed into outdoor stages with 🎋bamboo and washi (traditional paper) and local villagers perform Kabuki plays of ancient legends!

Make sure to join us in 👀watching these legends of daring escapes and be awed by the majesty of the backdrops, which are broken down and moved several times throughout each day

What to do nearby Yamaage Festival

– Local recommendations –


  • Cycling
  • Walking

Unique Experiences

  • Washi Paper Making Workshops


  • Sake Brewery Tour at Shimazaki Sake Brewery 
  • Local Paper Craft Museums
  • Yamaage Kaikan Museum (small museum about Yamaage festival)

Food / Drinks

  • Local soba noodle restaurants
  • Sake Tasting


  • Ryumon-no-Taki waterfall

How to get to the Yamaage Festival (Nasukarasuyama city)

By Train

From JR Karasuyama Station (JR Karasuyama Line)

Walk 10min from JR Karasuyama Station.

*You can take the JR Karasuyama Line from JR Utsunomiya Station where most bullet train stops from Tokyo.
*Please check the times for trains before leaving.

By Car

50 minutes drive from Utsunomiya IC on the Tohoku Expressway (Tohoku Jidoshado)
50min drive from Kaminokawa IC on the Kitakanto Expressway (Kitakanto Jidoshado)

*Please use the train if possible as the area can get crowded.

(Parking is only limited to the fist 1,000 cars)


The outdoor kabuki stage moves around the town.

Mostly around the Kajimachi District, Nasukarasuyama City or Karasuyama Station, Yamaage Kaikan (All walking distance)

Yamaage Kaikan address:
2-5-26 Kanei, Nasukarasuyama City, Tochigi Pref. Japan 321-0628
(〒321-0628 栃木県那須烏山市金井 2-5-26)

Other Events in July

Rokkakudo and Ohira Hydrangea Festival (Tochigi Oohira Ajisai Matsuri)
Mt. Ohira Hydrangea Festival (Ohira Tochigi Ajisai Festival)/ とちぎあじさいまつり – 1.5 hrs from Tokyo
Mt. Ohira Hydrangea Festival in Tochigi city brings 2,500 magnificent Ajisai flowers to life! Climb the steps and enjoy the colorful flowers. (Tochigi city / 栃木市)
Find out more
Traditional lantern floats at the Kuki Chouchin Festival nearby Tokyo
Kuki Chouchin Festival / 久喜提燈祭り – 50min from Tokyo
Don't miss one of the largest traditional lantern festivals in Japan! (Kuki City / 久喜市)
Find out more
People enjoying the Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival (Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri) near Tokyo
Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival / 熊谷うちわ祭 – 40min from Tokyo
Experience the excitement of the largest Gion Festival North of Tokyo! (Kumagaya City / 熊谷市)
Find out more
Yamaage Festival (Yamaage Matsuri) / 山あげ祭 – 2 hours 10min from Tokyo
Watch outdoor Kabuki at this UNESCO World Heritage festival! (Nasu-karasuyama City / 那須烏山市)
Find out more


Any questions about this event?

For information about this event please contact the Official Website, Nasukarasuyama City, or the Tourist Association directly.

Tel: +81 0287-83-1115  / +81 0287-84-1977

Official WebsiteJapanese Website (External Link)

Email: Contact Form (External Link)


Nasukarasuyama Tourist Association (website)

TEL 0287-84-1977

Web: Japanese Tourist Association Website (External Link)

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