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[Kakegawa Matsuri (Kakegawa Omatsuri)]

A lively autumn festival which sets off the whole town with gorgeous floats and bright music

"Kakegawa Matsuri" is a festival held by seven shrines in the center of Kakegawa, which began during the Edo period. The festival has these days grown into a happening in which the whole city (that's 41 districts in all) celebrates on a large scale. The highlights of the festival are the gorgeously decorated floats which represent each district. The floats are drawn around the city to the sound of lively festival music, and there are also hand dances, shishimai dances with lion masks, and more. Visitors don't want to miss three big events at the Omatsuri held only once every three years: "Yakko Dochu"; a powerful shishimai called "Kankaramachi" which depicts two male lions fighting over one female; and "Ojishi", a dance by a giant lion.
Posted photos Main Floats
Three photos Upper left Yakko Dochu, upper right Kankaramachi, lower Ojishi
 
Date ● Kakegawa Matsuri
From October 7th to 9th, 2016
● Kakegawa Omatsuri (planned)
From October 12th to 15th, 2018
* The schedule may change in the event of rain.
* The Kakegawa Matsuri is scheduled to be held every year on the second week of October. The Kakegawa Omatsuri is scheduled to be held once every three years.
 
Location Central Kakegawa north of Kakegawa Station, Omatsuri Hiroba
Phone +81-537-24-8711 (Kakegawa Tourism Association Visitor Center “Tabi-no-Switch”) (English and Chinese available)
Access Approx. 5-minute walk from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
URL http://www.kakegawa-kankou.com/matsuri/

updated on Sep 30, 2016

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