Mar/3, 2020 Hina-Nagashi (Floating Girl's Festival Dolls) at Awashima Shrine3.7
from 3/3 '20 to 3/3 '20
Dolls are crammed on to the altar of Awashima-jinja (Shrine), which is famous for the Shinto ritual of Hina-nagashi (floating Girl’s Festival dolls on the sea of March 3rd). A fantasy world opens up before your eyes and you become caught up in the mysterious atmosphere.
About 30-40 thousands dolls such as Hina-doll, Ichimatu-doll, French-doll are dedicated as the memorial service every year, and it' a magnificent view. People would gasp at such a breathtakingly mysterious view.
Every year on March 3, the day of Hinamatsuri Girl's Festival, Hina-Nagashi(Sending off of Hina-dolls) is performed.
Hina-dolls which have been dedicated from all over nation are loaded onto three wooden boats along with paper dolls written messages of wishes and prayers.
At noon, dolls and visitors are performed the purification ceremony at shrine precincts. Then, dolls are loaded onto three ships and only woman are allowed to bring the ships to the seaside.
Around 1PM, Shinto ritual are held by priests, and then three ships are sent off to ocean.
People who watch over ships floating would wave their hands, pray their wishes, or fill their eyes with tears.
DATE: March 3rd, 2020
HOURS: Gate open at 9AM-5PM, the event starts at noon.
ACCESS: 20 mins by walk from Kada Sta (Nankai Kada Line)
PurposeFestivals,spiritual places,beach,Traditional folk,nature,kids,haunted places,shrine/temple,sightseeing,major
Airport/Sta.Kada sta. (about 1.3km) Google Transit
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4.06 months ago
I have no idea why some people call it a creepy place. It is just a unique shrine that collects dolls and other items from people and arranges them in spectacular fashion. The dolls are consigned to the sea every year on March 3, the day of doll festival in Japan.
The place has been in the news(urban legend) also for some unverified claims that the hair of some the dolls keeps growing and that the dolls can curse people etc. but I take it with a pinch of salt.
The shrine is very small and took me just 30 minutes to see everything.(also, the free parking is only for 30 minutes!)
A lot more interesting than the usual Japanese shrines which are more or less the same.
5.0a year ago
Amazing shrine with colletion creepy dools. I like it.
5.02 years ago
Really special and rare place to visit in Wakayama, Osaka. There are plenty of dolls, lucky cats that make a holly sense
5.07 months ago
creepy place, definitely recommends
3.0a year ago
Worth to have a look when you visit Kata