[Event Report] Approximately 100 parents and children gathered for Japan's largest participatory Sengoku research learning program! They spent three exciting days!

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During the Golden Week holiday in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture, we held an experiential learning program for parents and children for the second time since last year, providing a special opportunity for children to experience becoming a Sengoku warlord.

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[Must see!] An exciting event where 700 armored warriors engage in a real battle, which can be experienced in Yonezawa, two hours from Tokyo

The Yonezawa Uesugi Festival will be held from April 29th to May 3rd.
The flagship event during the festival is the Battle of Kawanakajima, where 700 people actually wear armor and fight, attracting people from all over the world. The distinctive feature of this event is that it is a participatory event. Every year, 100 to 200 people participate!

Please see the article below for information on how to get to Yonezawa!

Approximately 100 people participated in the inquiry learning program x real Sengoku!

Platt Yonezawa Co., Ltd., a tourism town development corporation, in collaboration with Yamagata Arcadia Editorial Co., Ltd. and the Yonezawa Tourism and Convention Association, held an inquiry learning program called "Become a Sengoku warlord! Real Sengoku exploration in the Yonezawa Uesugi Festival - Battle of Kawanakajima" in Yonezawa City from May 3rd (Friday, national holiday) to May 5th (Sunday, national holiday), 2024. This was the second time the program was held, and a total of 94 participants, including 45 children and 49 adults from all over the country, mainly from the Tokyo metropolitan area, participated in the program and enjoyed the Sengoku period and Yonezawa to the fullest.

The three-day, two-night program is truly a samurai learning trip

[Day 1] Parents and children will don armor and take part in the Battle of Kawanakajima!

On the first day, we participated in the Battle of Kawanakajima, the main part of the Yonezawa Uesugi Festival. Last year, only children participated, but this year, adults were also invited to participate so that both adults and children could enjoy it together. Parents and children put on armor and participated in the Battle of Kawanakajima. Many participants who took part in the powerful battle said, "It was like I was a part of history," and "I definitely want to participate in another battle next year." The sight of the participants running into battle in armor was just like that of young samurai. Parents and children created memories that will last a lifetime.

On the second day, we held a lecture and practice of "Shanbara". While thinking of the battle they experienced the day before, they practiced by forming their own battle formations and thinking of defensive methods. In addition, as a service for the parents who were watching, they served sweets and sweet sake from Yonezawa and Yamagata, which was well received.

3. Walk around the town of Yonezawa while solving mysteries

On the morning of the final day, Sunday, May 5th (national holiday), a walking tour of the area centered around Uesugi Shrine was held while solving puzzles. 90% of the participants in this event were from the Tokyo metropolitan area. The event was held as an opportunity for people to learn about the city and history of Yonezawa, leaving them with a memorable experience, while also helping them become fans of Yonezawa.

Real sword fighting game to the final showdown

In the afternoon, the participants put all the learning they had done over the three days into practice in a final sword-fighting battle. In partnership with IKUSA Co., Ltd., the program was designed to improve the quality of its learning programs, and children and adults fought with all their might while also paying careful attention to safety. Although participants were tired, they seemed to be overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment.

Yonezawa Hospitality

[Holding a dinner party to enjoy Yonezawa cuisine]

Dinner parties were held for those who requested them on the first two nights. More than last year, dishes using ingredients unique to Yonezawa were served, and the meals were buffet style with a menu that children would enjoy. There was also a demonstration by the Yamagata Love Warriors Corps, and samples of Yonezawa's specialty products and goods were displayed at the venue, as well as a local sake tasting. Furthermore, by having the dinner with local residents, the event included ideas to help participants get to know Yonezawa and become fans of the city.

Planned to be held again next year

The event is scheduled to be held again next year. Details will be announced on the website below.


General Incorporated Association Yonezawa Tourism and Convention Association 1-4-13 Marunouchi, Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture 992-0052 TEL.0238-21-6226 FAX.0238-22-2042 Yamagata Prefecture Governor Registered Travel Agency No. 2-286 ANTA Regular Member

Business hours: 9:00-18:00 (open all year round) info@yonezawa.info

Company name: Platt Yonezawa Co., Ltd. Address: Machi Studio, 2-1-12 Honmachi, Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture Representative: Representative Director Hiroaki Miyajima Established: April 20, 2022 Business description: Tourism town development corporation (DMO candidate corporation), tourism database management

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Even within the Tohoku region, the city of Yonezawa is home to many important samurai heritage sites. It's a highly accessible tourist destination in the Tohoku region, about two hours by Shinkansen from Tokyo. Try wearing armor and kimono, take part in a battle, or visit temples and shrines. Why not relive the stories of the lives of Japan's samurai in Yonezawa?

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