Fukushima Waraji (Straw Sandals) Festival

Fukushima Waraji Matsuri

Enjoy the parade of Japan’s largest straw sandal at Fukushima’s popular summer festival!

The Fukushima Waraji (Straw Sandals) Festival takes place in early August each year and is a popular feature of summer in Fukushima. The origin of the festival dates back 400 years to the Shinobu Sanzan Akatsuki-mairi festival. Following on from this historic event, the Fukushima Waraji Festival features a parade of Japan’s largest straw sandal through the town’s streets supported by over 100 people. The sandal is 12 metres long, 1.4 metres wide and weighs 2 tons. It is dedicated to the Haguro Shrine on Mount Shinobu, the symbol of Fukushima city.

Along with the parade of the gigantic straw sandal, the festival features a number of other events including Waraji races, Waraji folk dancing accompanied by traditional folk music and a modern version of the Waraji dance known as “Dancing Soda Night” performed to the beat of hip-hop music.

In 2019 the Waraji Festival commemorates its 50th anniversary and to celebrate new music and choreography are being prepared for a special performance!

General Information

Official Website
Fukushima City, Fukushima (National Route 13 Shinobu Street)


Fukushima Waraji Festival Executive Committee
Telephone Number

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