Paint yawata-uma (Hachinohe horses) and make enburi mini-eboshi (ancient noble headgear)(Nejo Castle Site)

Experience the culture of the Hachinohe region with traditional art and crafts

[Yawata-uma painting] 

Yawata-uma is one of Japan's three major wooden horses and is a craft born from the Hachinohe region. 

In this region, it is customary for a bride to ride a horse decorated with colorful harnesses at her wedding, and the pattern of the yawata-uma is said to reflect the way real horses were traditionally adorned for the wedding.

At the historic remains of Ne Castle, anyone can try their hand at painting a yawata-uma, a traditional craft that is easy to do.

Groups are welcome. Please contact in advance.

□ Classic Course (time required: 30 minutes) 

Apply Japanese-patterned stickers to the yawata-uma (red or black) and draw patterns of white bells. 

□ Arranged Course (time required: 90 minutes) 

Use rhinestones and colored pens to decorate a small white yawata-uma and create your own cute Hachinohe horse. 

[Mini eboshi making] (time required: 60 minutes) 

Enburi, a folk performing art of the Hachinohe region, is said to have originated in medieval times to call forth spring and pray for a good harvest. 

You will be making a miniature eboshi hat, which is worn by the tayu, the main actor in the performance. 

The hat worn by the tayu represents a horse's head, and is decorated with auspicious designs such as cranes, turtles and Ebisu and Daikoku deities. 

○ When: Whenever there is interest

*Information is current as of February 8, 2022

General Information

□ Painting of Yawata-uma: Classic Course 1,500 yen, Arrange Course: 2,000 yen
□ Making a mini eboshi hat: 700 yen
Opening Times
・ Mondays (open on the first Monday of the month and on public holidays)
・ The day after a public holiday (open on Saturday and Sunday)
・ Year-end and New Year's holidays (Dec. 27 to Jan. 4)
15 minutes by bus from JR Hachinohe Station
10 minutes by car from Hachinohe Interchange
Car Park
Available (24 standard cars, 5 large bus parking spaces, 5 loading spaces)
Official Website
VISIT HACHINOHE (Tourism website)
30-60 minutes


Nejo Castle Site
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