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Yonezawa Uesugi Festival 2023

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The Uesugi Festival is a big event in Yonezawa in spring.

Beginning with the opening festival, a ceremony called Takeyoshiki to pray to the gods and buddhas for victory, the armored procession of the Uesugi corps heading for the battlefield, and the climax of the Battle of Kawanakajima are reproduced on the Matsukawa riverbed.

Please take a look at the clash between Uesugi and Takeda, which is said to be the biggest and deadliest battle in the history of the Sengoku period.

Also, at the opening festival on April 29 (Sat.), many people will participate in folk song performances, stage events, and more.

Please enjoy this as well.

Basic information

Event name
Yonezawa Uesugi Festival
Date and time
April 29 (Sat.) to May 3 (Wed.), 2023
Uesugi Shrine, around Matsugasaki Park, Matsukawa riverbed, etc.

1-4-13 Marunouchi, Yonezawa City

Main menu

🏇 Schedule
April 29 (Sat.)
Opening Festival  around Denkoku-no-Mori
9:00 Opening ceremony
9:24 Stage event
10:00 Uesugi Shrine Reitaisai
11:15 Folk song nagashi (traditional Yonezawa Shincho & Hanagasa Ondo song alternating parade)
12:40 Stage events

April 30 (Sun.)
10:00 Matsumisaki Shrine annual festival

May 2 (Tue.)
16:40 Procession [Uesugi family mausoleum → Uesugi Shrine]
18:30 Takeyoshishiki / Denkoku-no-Mori front square.
This is a ceremony to pray for victory and for Kenshin Uesugi to depart for the front.

May 3 (Wed)
9:50 Mikoshi procession / Start location undecided
10:30 Uesugi army corps procession / Start in front of Kojo Elementary School
14:00 Battle of Kawanakajima / Matsukawa riverbed


Opening Ceremony
Date: April 29 (Sat.)
Hours: 9:00~17:00
Venue: around Denkoku-no-Mori

🏇Opening ceremony
Hours: 9:00~9:17
・Opening declaration
・Opening drum (Uesugi Drum Preservation Society)
・Dedication dance (Fujimikai)

🏇Stage events

Hours: 9:24~10:41 & 12:40~17:00
Dances, drums, folk songs, etc.

🏇 Folk songs

Hours: 11:15~12:40
Alternating parade course of Yonezawa Shincho and Hanagasa Ondo song: Komeori Kaikan ~ Denkoku-no-Mori

Takeyoshi style
Date: May 2 (Tue.)
Hours: 18:30~19:30
Venue: Square in front of Denkoku-no-Mori

🏇 Flow of the Takeshi style
1. Declaration of the opening ceremony
2. Gathering of the army
3. Invitation to the god of war
4. Five water ceremonies.

🏇 Corps procession
Hours: 16:40~17:30
Route: Uesugi Family Mausoleum → Zennichiyama Senshoin Temple → Uesugi Shrine

🏇 Yamagata Ai no Samurai Troupe Performance
Hours: 17:30~

🏇 Performance of Uesugi drums
Hours: 18:10~

Uesugi Procession
Date: May 3 (Wed.)
Hours: 9:50~12:30
Venue: Yonezawa City

🏇 Organizing the Uesugi Procession
9:50 Departure of the Mikoshi Togyo / in front of Nanbu Elementary School
10:30 Departure of  Uesugi Corps Procession / Front of Yonezawa Shinkin Bank main branch ➡ Head to Kawanakajima

Battle of Kawanakajima
Date: May 3 (Wed.)
Hours: 14:00~15:30
Venue: Matsukawa riverbed
~ Flow of Battle ~
1. Clear Asagiri
2. Car hanging vs Tsuru Tsubasa
3. Single combats
4. River crossing reinforcements
5. Convergence


Yonezawa Uesugi FestivalCommittee
☎ 0238-22-9607

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