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Gujo Dance

郡上おどり (Gujo Odori)

Gujo's lively dance festival in the heat of the summer--open to anyone and everyone!

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Every year, more than 300,000 people converge on Gujo from all over the country, dressed in traditional yukata (summer kimono) and clacking their geta (traditional wooden clogs) on the ground. Both locals and tourists come together in circles to interact with each other through dance. Participation is key, and indeed, the Gujo Dance is known as, not a "dance that you watch," but rather a "dance that you DANCE!" Taking place during around 30 nights from mid-July to early September, it is the longest-running dance in Japan; the climax, between August 13th and 16th, sees four days of all-night dancing that go on well into the morning hours!

Nearby, just a 10-minute walk from the dancing venue, is the town of Gujo Hachiman famous for crystal clear water. There, you can enjoy a stroll through the old, historic castle town.
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A crowd dancing as one
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Odori yagura, the "dance tower" at the center of the dancing area
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Old streets of Gujo Hachiman
Date 33 nights during the period between mid-July and early September
Time Weekdays and Sundays: 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Venue Hachiman-cho area
Address / Map 520-1 Shimadani, Hachiman-cho, Gujo City  |  Map
Telephone Number 0575-67-0002  (Gujo Hachiman Tourism Association)
Directions A few minutes' walk from Gujo Hachiman station (Amount of time depends on where the venue is on a given night)
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