Nov/23 - 24, 2019 Gojinko Festival of Hofu Tenmangu Shrine

Sightseeing information about Nov/23 - 24, 2019 Gojinko Festival of Hofu Tenmangu Shrine in Japan.

Nov/23 - 24, 2019 Gojinko Festival of Hofu Tenmangu Shrine (half-naked man festival)4.2

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 from 11/23 '19 to 11/24 '19


Hofu Tenmangu Shrine is a shrine located in Hofu of Yamaguchi Prefecture, dedicated to the god of academics, Sugawara no Michizane.

The Gojinko Festival of Hofu Tenmangu, also called Hadakanbo(half-naked man festival), is the largest event of Hofu Tenmangu held on November every year.
This is a 2-days wild festival with around 5,000 people overflowing the city who from the evening on pull giant wickerwork carriages and carry two portable shrines (Mikoshi) to a place closely related to the arrival of Sugawara no Michizane’s ship and Katsuma no Ura (the place where the sacred carriages are lodged during the festival). The procession goes back and forth between Hofu Tenmangu and Katsuma no Ura, which has a connection with the arrival of Michizane Sugawara's ship, while carrying two portable shrines.

The way down on the big stone stairways and the way upstairs on the way home are special highlights.

On the next day (26th) after noon the women’s portable shrine appears.

Date : November 23 - 24, 2019
Hours : Mikoshi Procession : Nov.23 18:00 - 21:00
Access :
- a 15-mins walk from JR Hofu Station of Sanyo Main Line
- take a bus for Amida Temple from Hofu Station and get off at Hofu Temnangu
-a 15-mins drive from Hofu-Nishi IC of Sanyo Expressway
-a 15-mins drive from Hofu-Higashi of Sanyo Expressway

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PurposeFestivals,thrilling,parade,Traditional folk,men,shrine/temple,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Hofu sta. (about 1.2km) Google Transit


5.07 months ago

This shrine is an excellent day trip with some great hiking trails behind it that are not the easiest though.

5.08 months ago

Nice Shrine in southern Yamaguchi! Not exactly worth a trip only to see this place, but definitely worth incorporating into other trips within Yamaguchi!!!

5.08 months ago

Beautiful, great site off the beaten path, went during the Hadaka Matsuri and made great friends.

4.07 months ago

Nice quiet place.

5.0a year ago

Very nice, opens around 8:30 each day.