[Tohoku DC Special Event] Morioka Sansa Odori, Tsunagi de Tsunagu

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The Morioka Sansa Odori is a traditional summer festival that is well known and popular both in Japan and abroad, but until now the festival has only been held in August or whenever related events were also held. 

Therefore, a special performance of the Morioka Sansa Odori, a summer tradition in Morioka, will be held almost every day from April to September 2021 as a nightly performance after dinner for guests staying at Tsunagari Onsen. 

The Sansa Odori is not only for watching; guests are welcome to participate in the dance, too (*). 

With the cooperation of the traditional Sansa Odori groups that are members of the Morioka Sansa Odori Promotion Council, you can enjoy the different Sansa Odori performances of each region on a daily basis, in addition to the Morioka Sansa Odori. 

*Please note that the dance experience may be postponed depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The origin of the Sansa Odori dance, which has been passed down from generation to generation since the feudal era, comes from the legend of Mitsuishi. 

Once upon a time, a demon called Rasetsu appeared in the southern part of Morioka Castle and went on a rampage of mischief. 

The villagers were so troubled that they prayed to the god of Mitsuishi Shrine to exterminate the demon. 

The god listened to their prayers, captured the demon, and had the demon's handprint stamped on a large Mitsuishi rock in the shrine grounds as a sign of his vow never to misbehave again (it is said that the handprint on the rock is the origin of the name Iwate).

The villagers were so happy to see the demon go away that they danced around the Mitsuishi saying "Sansa! Sansa!" which is how the Sansa Odori dance originated.

General Information

Opening Times
Sansa Odori performance
During this period, it will be closed on the last Sunday in July (Gosho Lake Festival) and August 1 to 7
Shinkansen (Tohoku Shinkansen): Tokyo Station→Morioka Station (approx. 2 hours 10 minutes) Sendai Station→Morioka Station (approx. 40 minutes)
By car (Tohoku Expressway): Tokyo→Morioka(approx. 6 hours)Sendai Miyagi→Morioka(approx. 3 hours)
Hanamaki Airport to Morioka Station: Hanamaki Airport (taxi or bus/approx. 15 minutes) → JR Hanamaki Station (Tohoku Line) → JR Morioka Station
           Hanamaki Airport (taxi/approx. 15 minutes) → JR Shin-Hanamaki Station(Tohoku Shinkansen) → JR Morioka Station
By bus (Iwate Kotsu Bus): JR Morioka Station → Tsunagi Onsen (approx. 30 minutes, 620 yen)
          Taxi JR Morioka Station → Tsunagi Onsen (approx. 20 minutes, about 4,000 yen)
Car Park
Please use the parking lot of each accommodation
Official Website
Tsunagi Hot Spring Tourism Association
Approx. 45 minutes
*This event is only for guests staying at Tsunagi Onsen.
*The venue for the Sansa Odori dance performance is inside the Hotel Shion (Address: 74-2 Yunodate, Morioka-shi). The venue is different from the one in the photo.
*Eligible facilities: Hotel Taikan, Hotel Shion, Aishinkan, Shiki-tei, Tabisomeya Yamaichi, Maruya Ryokan, Suga Ryokan, Minshuku Yamashin, Iyashi no Yado Rodem, Seionso
*Guests staying at hotels other than Hotel Shion will be shuttle to and from the venue.
*Please note that the number of participants may be limited in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19
*Please contact the Tsunagi Hot Spring Tourist Association for more information
*For more information, please contact the Tsunagi Hot Spring Tourist Association
[This information is current as of May 1, 2020]


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