Jul/19, 2019 Miyajima Kangensai Festival4.0
from 7/19 '19 to 7/19 '19
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.
Access: 10 mins by ferry from Miyajimaguchi pier
PurposeFestivals,should go,parade,spiritual places,world heritage,Traditional folk,night view,shrine/temple,sightseeing,major,let's hang out!
Airport/Sta.Hiroshima Sta. (about 18.3km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.04 weeks ago
A highly recommended must visit Island if you are visiting Hiroshima. This temple is one the unique temple which was built on the sea and the view from here is great (one of the good spot to take the giant Floating Torii Gate’s, and the mountain behind it). The deer here were more “polite” than those in Nara.
Definitely will visit again as the day trip to this island was not enough and shall spend at least a night or longer to enjoy this beautiful island.
5.0a week ago
A really lovely place. I saw it first when the tide was up (most beautiful time) and I got to look around inside a bit later, when the tide went out, unfortunately. It was still beautiful regardless and you could see little coins down on the sand from people flipping coins to the statues. It was lovely and I'd recommend, considering the cultural significance of the shrine and torii gate in Hiroshima area.
5.02 months ago
Travel Tip: Try to be on the island during both high and low tide. At high tide the shrine is floating in the water and at low tide you can walk out on the sand and almost touch the shrine. There are enough hike and attractions to do this and it will be worth your time as the shrine is a completely different experience at both of those times
3.0a week ago
The floating Tori is currently encased by scaffolding for maintenance, so you can't really see it. So much for that Kodak moment... I recommend checking whether it's uncovered again before you make the trip or opting for one of Miyajima's other attractions. The temple itself was quite nice as well.
4.02 months ago
Worth seeing. Got a few good pictures. Very crowded and hot. Was under construction when we were there. The island was great. Found some good souvenir shopping, which we weren’t finding in Hiroshima. Easy public transportation to get there and back.