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.
5.03 weeks ago
This shrine is as beautiful as they say it is. I highly recommend anyone to spend at least one night on the island so you can visit the shrine before it gets super touristy with day tourists.
Also I do advise checking out the boat ride across the bridge if you get the chance!
5.0in the last week
A very beautiful and peaceful place. It's very old but extremely well preserved. The views of the Tori gate are amazing. Well worth the ¥300 entrance free. It's a one-way walk through coming from the harbour.
5.0a week ago
Rain or sunshine, it’s a must visit! Although the views aren’t that great in the rain, it was still something I was very happy to have seen in person.
Be mindful of the deer on the island. The whole place is a quaint little town and if you can stay a night I recommend you do.
5.0a month ago
This shrine is beautiful to see. Words cannot really describe it if I'm honest. It's worth going through the castle to see the shrine from there. Make sure you view the shrine with the tide both in and out - it's incredible on both occasions. Watch out for those deer! They're sleeping where you may not suspect and will try to eat your food.
5.03 weeks ago
Amazingly beautiful shrine. So much beauty to see in such a small area. Great grounds and architecture, Wonderful goshuin!! The staff was so friendly and helpful. Thank you!! I was lucky to see a wedding while there. A great experience and I would recommend a visit.