Aug/6, 2020 Miyajima Kangensai Festival4.0
from 8/6 '20 to 8/6 '20
The Kangen-sai Festival is the largest festival at Itsukushima shrine on the island of Miyajima, and one of the three great boat festivals in Japan. It mixes Shinto rituals with ancient court music known as kangen.
The Kangen-sai is a floating festival, and the musicians are towed on a beautifully decorated craft, between Itsukushima Shrine and other shrines on Miyajima and the mainland, by some very energetic oarsmen in smaller boats.
15:00 Hatsurensai-Shinto ceremony at Itsukushima Shrine.
16:00 The portable shrine is moved to the Goza boat and the boats depart the shrine heading toward O-torii Gate.
16:40 Ceremonial Gagaku music is performed at the gate. After the performance, the boats sail toward Jigozen shrine.
18:00 At Hotateiwa, Eba's rowing boat is unfastened from the Goza boat and goes ahead to Jigozen Shrine to dedicate a dance performance. The Goza boat and Aga rowing boats are anchored there and have dinner and sacred sake in the boats. After sunset, they light the lanterns.
19:20 The boats get to the shore in front of Jigozen Shrine. Ceremonial Gagaku music is performed in front of the shrine.
20:40 When the boats get to the shore in front of Nagahama Shrine, people on Miyajima greet them with paper lanterns. Ceremonial Gagaku music is performed. After the boats leave for Goza boat is rotated three times by Eba's rowing boat and the boats leave for Omoto Shrine.
21:30 Ceremonial Gagaku music is performed on the shore in front of Omoto Shrine.
22:30 Ceremonial Gagaku music is performed in front of Marodo Shrine. The boats get into Masugata and rotate three times, playing Gagaku music. This is the grand finale of the festival.
23:00 The portable shrine is moved back to Istukushima Shrine.
Date : August 6, 2020
Address : 1162-18 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima
Access: 10 mins by ferry from Miyajimaguchi pier
※Please check the official website.
PurposeFestivals,should go,parade,spiritual places,beach,world heritage,Traditional folk,night view,shrine/temple,sightseeing,major,let's hang out!
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4.04 months ago
Beautiful island with little temples and shrines scattered around. You can eat all sorts of sea food, octopus, oysters, sea cucumbers, you name it. There are cute wild deer walking around, trying to get some food. Beautiful sunset if the weather allows. Would have put 5 stars but the main attraction, the red Tori gate in the water, is under maintenance and covered in scaffolds.
3.07 months ago
(FOUR STARS at the right time)
We visited while the Tori gate was under construction which meant that we couldn’t see it at all. The shrine is also very beautiful but it would be much cooler to see on a high tide. The island is very beautiful and great for souvenir shopping. The maple cakes are also very good! You should try them, they’re not too sweet. Custard and chocolate are my favourites. The island also gives you a bit of access to beach which is nice to see if you’ve been in the city your whole trip otherwise.
5.04 months ago
I came here in July 2019, and it is one of the most stunning places in the world. Here, you can see the one of the world's largest torii, floating above the beach and being submerged in the water in high tide. Then there are the beautiful temples and deer in the mountains. I strongly recommend a half to full day trip here.
3.04 months ago
When we visited, unfortunately the gates were enclosed in scaffolding, though that's a good thing for future visitors. The shrine is bright, beautiful, and on the water, with deer walking freely about! However, they charge a good amount for admission.
5.05 months ago
We absolutely loved this shrine. It is so beautiful and so unique! Make sure you visit when it’s high tide so that all the water is around the shrine. During low tide, the area around the shrine just looks like mud.