Jul/25 - 26, 2020 Kochi Festival3.5
from 7/25 '20 to 7/26 '20
"Kochi Festival" takes place at Kushimoto-cho, Wakayama prefecture on late-July each year. It is also known as “Mifune-matsuri”, or Boating Festival, and is held on the banks of the Koza River.
The deity worshipped in Kochi Shrine is called "Kochi-sama (people in this area pronounce "Kottama"), which is a small granite island. The shrine keeps primitive style of nature worship, which does not have a prayer hall.There is a holy stone in the center of the wood on the island.
Kochi Festival is a traditional festival organized by five districts located along Koza River, Koza,Furuta, Takaike, Utsugi, and Tsukinose. People gather at Kochi Shrine and hold a ritual to enshrine a Kottama spirits.
The highlight is the magnificent boat parade, three sacred boats decorated with vividly colored battle cloth, mizuhiki paper strings, spears, halberds and lanterns enter the river after the opening ceremony at the Koza Shrine and slowly move up to the island where Kochi Daimyoujin, the local deity, is enshrined.
Besides, the Lion Dances are demonstrated in the town and an exciting boat race called “Kaitenma Kyousou” is undertaken by junior high school students further enchanting the crowd.
The festival is designated as an important intangible folklore cultural asset by the Japanese government.
PurposeFestivals,parade,Traditional folk,nature,mysterious lands of Japan,fireworks of Japan,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Kushimoto sta. (about 7.3km) Google Transit