Katsuyama / Kuse Kenka Danjiri Festival in Maniwa City

Kuse Kenka Danjiri Festival

I would like to introduce Katsuyama / Kuse Kenka Danjiri festival this time.

Katsuyama / Kuse Kenka Danjiri Festival in Maniwa City

Katsuyama and Kuse are both in Maniwa City, Okayama (only one train station for each other). This Kenka Danjiri festival is held every Oct 19th and 20th in Katsuyama, Oct 24th and 25th in Kuse. As its name (kenka = fight), it gets quite rough! The battles are one-on-one style. 2-3 tons of the floats bump each other!

Katsuyama / Kuse Kenka Danjiri Festival

 

Watch out! Sometime they would lose control and come this way. It’s rough but I can’t deny its excitement. It was a cold Oct night but I could see steam rising (from their bodies!). Even just watching it takes lot of energy!

A video is available on Instagram.

 

Information

Name Katsuyama Kenka Danjiri Festival
Access
Schedule Every Oct 19th and 20th

 

Name Kuse Kenka Danjiri Festival
Access
Schedule Every Oct 24th and 25th

Refference: Official Website

 

Lastly

How do you find it? By the way there is a nice camp ground in Katsuyama. If ya interested, check this out as well. Autumn camp is always awesome. ☆(>v・)

Autumn Camp in Katsuyama: Utsukushii Mori Camp Ground

See you around!

Cycling in Hiruzen-kogen Heights (Maniwa City)

cycling in hiruzen

Hola amigos. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Let me share our day of cycling in Hiruzen-kogen Heights.

Cycling in Hiruzen-Kogen Heights (Maniwa City)

Hiruzen is in Maniwa City, Northern Okayama Prefecture. Many Okayamanians visit this place for camping, hiking and cycling with full of nature!

 

Information

Hiruzen-Kogen Heights Cycling Route

It is a 29-km trail with less ups & downs compared to other routes in Okayama Prefecture, which is ideal for beginners.

 

Rental bikes are available at cycling stations or stores in Hiruzen. Kaiyukan Onsen offers 200 yen per 30 minutes for regular bikes and 300 yen/30 minutes for mountain bikes. Let the cycling begin! Our plan is to go clockwise and come back.

 

Breezy!

 

Sakura trees in bloom in May? What a surprise (they are already all greenish in Okayama City).

 

Follow this sign or the blue line so you won’t get lost.

 

So-called panorama area. Indeed the surroundings are quite something.

 

Break time. There are small stops to have a seat on the way.

 

Gotta go through some sloops…..(pant pant)

 

Going along the river. It would’ve been nicer earlier with sakura trees.

 

Now we encountered Hiruzen-Kogen center joyful park (sorta theme park).

 

And there goes Wood Pao over there. We wanted to have something for lunch but a long lineup would take us like an hour, so we decided to get back to the start point and eat there instead.

 

Second half was rather easy with mild ups & downs. We were glad we finished the other part first.

 

Passing our campground. (Naka Hiruzen Auto Camping Ground)

 

Almost there.

 

We made it in an hour! Oh well…..(pant pant)

 

We returned the bikes and had very nice Genghis Khan (grilled lamb) lunch at a restaurant next door. Soooooooooooooo yummy! Oh boy. it really made our day.

 

After lunch we took a bath at Kaiyukan Onsen (in the same building). So this place is designed perfectly for cyclists! Cheers.

 

Let’s call it a day.

 

Lastly

How do you find it? Since Hiruzen is upper part of Okayama Prefecture, it really feels great to hang out in spring and even summer. Please swing by if you get a chance.

See you around!