We’re skipping ahead into another season! Time to mark your calendars for one of the hallmarks of summer in Gifu, and what fun it is to look forward to!!

The Gujo Dance Festival is a tradition over 400 years old, considered to be one of Japan’s three great Bon dances. It’s held across 30 different nights over a period of three months. This dance, along with the Kanomizu no Kakeodori dance of Meiho, Gujo, was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in late 2022.

With moves that are easy to learn even for beginners, everyone is encouraged to join in – just hop into the dance circle and follow the movements of the people around you!
If you’re planning on visiting Gifu this summer, make sure and check out the schedule to see if there are any dances you can make!

Note that times and venues for the festival for each night is different so please be sure to check the schedule in the link below for specific details.

2024 Gujo Dance Festival Period: July 13th (Saturday) ~ 7th September (Saturday)
2024 Gujo Dance Festival Schedule:

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