Japan is famous for its long history along with unique cultural traditions. If you are interested in Japanese history and would like to see a samurai parade, you should definitely visit Kishu Kudoyama Sanada Festival in Wakayama (和歌山 紀州九度山真田まつり). From this article, you will learn the historical background of this festival and see how you can enjoy it!

Historical background

Sanada festival is usually at the beginning of May every year. This festival is related to the historical legendary Japanese samurai, Sanada Yukimura, actual name Sanada Nobushige, who fought at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, during the Sengoku period. He spent the majority of his life in Kudoyama. Kudoyama is known as the site of the Sanada family because Sanada Yukimura stayed in the area for 14 years with his father after the West army was defeated at the battle of Sekigahara. The Sanada Festival is held in memory of Sanada Masayuki and Sanada Yukimura who survived the era full of domestic wars.

About Sanada Family

On the 4th and 5th, people gather the shopping district for festival arts & craft, food stands and stage entertainment including Sanada Daigo (Japanese drums) in Kudoyama town. In the afternoon of the 5th, the highlight of the festival starts. There is a samurai parade (武者行列) going around the town and visiting historical sites relating to the Sanada family such as their house which is now a museum (善名称院). They dress up in samurai armor and march around the town with kids samurai club and local marching bands. The Sanada 10 warriors including Sanada Yukimura are particularly popular at the festival.

Sanada Yukimura

He is well known as the last Sengoku hero, the best Samurai in Japan. He was born as the second son of Sanada Masayuki in 1567. His father was a resourceful general. He lost his brothers, Sanada Nobutsune and Masateru, in the battle of Nagashiro when he was 8. He took over as head of the family. In 1585, he fought against Tokugawa and Hojo forces and won in 1585. They were able to stop Tokugawa Hidetada, Yukimura and Masayuki were ordered to stay in Kudoyama because the West army was defeated in the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. He was a leading general on the defending side, West army at the Siege of Osaka. His strategy was to engage in skillful battles. He attacked the headquarters of Ieyasu (who was ruling the country)’s army and died in battle at the age of 49 in 1615.

May 5th

May 5th is a children’s day in Japan. Traditionally, they display big koi swimming in the sky. Kudoyama is famous for, Koi Nobori no Niugawa Watashi (Koi swimming delivery of the Niu river). The section where the Niu river joins Kinokawa river, about 150 koi gather in the river width, swimming pleasantly as the wind picks up.

World heritage

While you are in town, recommend checking out a UNESCO World Heritage. It is in the opposite direction as the parade, if you walk 600 m west of the venue, you will reach to Kishū sanchi no reijō to sankeimichi (Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kishu Mountains, 紀州山地の霊場と参詣道). Three scared sites founded as early as the 9th century, linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto rooted in the ancient transition of nature worship in Japan. According to the UNESCO website, up to 15 million visitors annually. It is a great hiking spot as its abundance of streams, rivers, and waterfalls.


The event takes place at michi no eki (road station) Kaki no gō kudo ya ma (柿の郷くどやま). With public transportation, you can reach the venue by walking from the nearest train station. It is 20 minutes from Nankai Takano line “Kuisutamayama station”. If you are driving, there is parking at the venue. However, there are only 125 parking spots.

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Hi! I am Maggie. I love traveling and telling people about cool things happening in Japan. Hope the article helps with your trip to Japan!

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