Muddy Fun at the Kin Town Tanbo ‘Mud’ Festival
This Golden Week’s Tanbo Festival in Kin Town is aimed for everyone, but most especially, for the kids. This is a ‘not-to-miss’ event.
Tanbo means ‘rice paddy’ in Japanese but this community-sponsored festival has very little to do with the actual traditional farming of rice. Instead, it’s a fun-filled day that is built around another aspect of rice cultivation – mud.
The festival takes place on the grounds of Kin Nature Mirai-kan (Future Hall) and is centered around a mud pool built on a traditional rice paddy. Additionally, there are almost 20 activities for children to partake in. Entrance to the festival area is free, but participation in the activities costs between ¥300 and ¥1,500 depending on the activity. The festival runs from 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. Free parking is available at the temporary parking lot near the venue. The Nature Mirai-kan facility is located at the following Google map link: http://goo.gl/maps/XFJ65.
Playing inside the paddy field cost ¥300 per person. It is highly recommended to bring a fresh change of clothes, towels, and goggles. Showers are available for ¥100. Canoeing can range from ¥500~¥1,000 with beginners welcome to participate.